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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Extra Weight and Foot Issues

by Francisco Arnold

If you have gained weight, then you may have some health concerns to worry about. Along with worrying about things like an increased risk of diabetes and high cholesterol, you also have to worry about pain issues. You can have an increased risk of foot and ankle pain. Here are some of the things that you want to know about how your weight can negatively affect your ankles and your feet.

Extra weight affects your posture

When you gain extra weight that puts you over your healthy BMI, you will experience a worsening of your posture. You will walk and stand differently due to your body carrying that extra weight. When you have improper posture, you will be putting stress on the wrong parts of your ankles and your feet. This will lead to pain due to your ankles and feet using parts they aren't used to using in that way.

Extra weight increases chances of injury

When you have more weight to carry around, you will be increasing your chances of injuring yourself. You can end up twisting your ankle or getting hurt in other ways. Also, when you have extra weight on you, it will be harder for you to heal from an injury, and what may have been a small injury can end up being worse due to the added weight put on your bones.

You can get fractures and random breaks

If you are carrying around a significant amount of weight on your feet, then you want to understand that your feet aren't designed to carry that much weight. Putting too much weight on them can lead to you ending up with fractures and breaks that just occur due to the stress. You don't need to end up hurting yourself by having some type of accident in order for the fractures to happen; just walking around with the extra weight can be all that it takes for these breaks to occur.

You can injure your tendons and ligaments

While anyone can end up injuring their tendons and ligaments, those with added weight can do so easier. One type of tendon injury that happens to the plantar fascia leads to what is called plantar fasciitis. This problem makes it very hard for you to stand on your feet and very difficult for you to walk on them. When you can't bear weight on your feet, it is going to be more difficult for you to exercise to lose that extra weight.

Contact a podiatrist like those at Advanced Foot Clinic for more information.