A team of scientists at La Trobe University in Australia recently conducted a study which revealed that people with a high body mass index (BMI) are more likely than their normal weight counterparts to experience plantar heel pain and other non-specific forms of foot pain.
Authors of the study said their findings suggest that efforts to reduce obesity rates in the U.S. may also result in better podiatric health among Americans.
"Considering that the prevalence of obesity is increasing worldwide, the incidence of musculoskeletal foot disorders is also likely to increase. Therefore, the potential role of weight loss in addition to existing treatments for foot disorders warrants further investigation," the study authors wrote in the journal Obesity Review.
Earlier, experts from Harvard Medical School suggested that weight loss may help alleviate foot pain.
Overweight or obese individuals who develop bunions may want to consider conservative means of correction – like bunion splints or orthotics – because bunion surgery can be especially risky for people in this weight group.