Danish researchers with the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine have found evidence that supports that the frequency of injuries in runners is affected by factors like weight and age.
In a study of 930 new runners conducted six months ago, the scientists found that 254 of the subjects sustained soft-tissue or bone injuries. They found that older runners were the first who were most likely to get hurt, followed by those who were heavy-set. They also determined that having a more docile personality was a common trait in those who managed to go without injury.
Obesity can have a big influence on your running habits. If you’re overweight and want to start running, consider contacting a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can assess your fitness level and ease you into a new exercise routine.
Obesity and your Feet
Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.
Problems & Complications
Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.
Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.
Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. The pain and stiffness involved with this condition can be so debilitating that the act of walking becomes an issue.
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.
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