About one hundred Scottish citizens undergo the process of having limbs amputated a month according to new data from the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. The need for amputations often results from the various health conditions developed due to obesity.
The most common conditions for amputation are peripheral vascular disorder and type 2 diabetes. Both conditions are also caused by being significantly overweight. These hand and foot amputations cost the NHS about $82 million a year. This cost happens to be way more than the public healthcare sector is able to afford. To make matters tougher for citizens, those who lose limbs are also entitled to cost-of-living benefits, a $46 million annual expense from the government.
Obesity and your Feet
Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.
Problems & Complications
Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.
Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.
Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot.
Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.
Orthotics– These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.
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