Overweight and Working Out: 6 Top Shoe Choices From the Experts

Best Workout Shoes When you're Overweight or Obese, University Foot and Ankle Institute Los Angeles

We recently discussed the various ways that being overweight can affect your podiatric health. To recap, it’s not surprising that carrying around surplus weight leads to foot and ankle problems. Being overweight exerts extra pressure on your feet and ankles, and this leads to serious difficulties such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, bone spurs, arthritis, gout, diabetic damage to feet, and peripheral artery disease. This article will address how you can cope with foot problems caused by extra weight.

What to do when extra weight causes foot and ankle problems

The most obvious right answer is to lose weight

We know, “duh”, right? But when you’re overweight, losing that weight is neither simple nor easy. There’s a built-in Catch 22. Exercise reduces obesity, of course, but the foot and ankle problems caused by obesity can make it very difficult to exercise. It’s almost like obesity tries to protect itself by preventing exercise.

However, those disabling foot and ankle problems that inhibit strenuous exercise won’t interfere at all with adopting a healthier diet. Talk to your doctor about supportive programs and how you can make the right changes in your life to start losing weight.

Try foot-friendly exercise

The doctors and physical therapists at University Foot and Ankle Institute can advise you on exercise programs that will make working out more comfortable and easier on your feet and ankles. Activities such as swimming, water aerobics, and stationary bikes place minimal (or at least reduced) pressure on the feet and ankles.

Don’t forget about the shoes!

While you’re in the process of losing the unwanted weight, pay attention to your footwear. When choosing your daily footwear, be sure to consider its cushioning and support, and look for a wider toe box.

For those who want to start walking to keep your metabolism up and burn some fat, choose a durable shoe with a wide and sturdy footbed that can withstand the weight. Dr. Baravarian suggests looking for a shoe with the ability to support orthotics.

Custom orthotics are a first line of treatment for many foot and ankle problems. They are built to the unique contours of your foot, and provide the correct amount of stability needed to treat your specific conditions. Tip: be sure to take your orthotics to the shoe store, so you can try on shoes while wearing them.

It is important to have the right footwear to support the extra pounding your feet will be subjected to by being both overweight and physically active, so choose carefully. Fortunately, there are now a good number of quality options from which to choose. (You definitely want to wear your orthotics with these shoes, too.) 

A few excellent shoe choices for men who are exercising to lose their extra weight: 

For women who are trying to exercise and lose weight, here are some of our top shoe choices:

Here at University Foot and Ankle Institute we provide curative remedies for each of the podiatric problems caused by obesity, starting with basic conservative protocols and including, when necessary, surgical relief. We are here to help our overweight patients improve the quality of their lives by eliminating the foot and ankle problems caused by obesity.

If you’re suffering from any sort of foot and/or ankle pain, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with UFAI. Our nationally recognized podiatrists offer the most advanced foot and ankle care together with the highest success rates in the nation. We are leaders in the fields of research and treatment for all foot and ankle conditions.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call (877) 736-6001 or visit us at www.footankleinstitute.com.

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For almost fifteen years, University Foot and Ankle Institute and their nationally recognized physicians have been providing the most technologically advanced medical care for the foot and ankle with the highest success rates in the country.

As a teaching institution, University Foot and Ankle Institute’s Fellowship Program is among the most advanced in the nation.

We at UFAI are driven to get our patients back to their normal activities with the highest level of function, in the least amount of time, using the least invasive treatments possible. From start to finish, we are with you every step of the way.

The UFAI Education Team works to help empower our patients and website visitors with the most up-to-date information about foot and ankle conditions, treatment options, recovery and injury prevention. Our goal is to pass on truly useful information to our readers.

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