Overweight individuals should fix foot problems before going on an exercise program

  

An article on the website for the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons suggests that people who need to lose weight but are burdened by foot conditions like bunions or hammer toe should begin fixing their problems from the feet up.

Correcting foot problems before embarking on an exercise program to lose weight may have more success since painful conditions can often get in the way of mobility.

Individuals with severe weight disorders should consult with a physician before beginning a weight loss regimen and start slowly with physical activity, gradually increasing as time goes on. Also, trying non-weight bearing activities - like swimming, stationary bicycling or weight training - while foot conditions heal may be a good idea to prevent them from worsening.

Authors of the article note that an estimated 70 million Americans are obese. There is a vicious cycle of excess weight causing disabilities - like bunions and hammer toe - and those same conditions hindering an individual's ability to lose weight.

Use of bunion splints or orthotics may help correct bunions or hammer toe without the need for painful bunion surgery, which may further delay weight loss due to inactivity during healing time.

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