What is obesity, and what causes it?

July 12, 2021
By: GraMedica Team

Obesity is one of the world’s most rapidly growing conditions. Even in our age of medical advancements, over 35% of the adults in the United States alone are considered to be obese. The only way to prevent this destructive chronic disorder is to take back control over our bodies.


Obesity Key Facts

  • Over 75% of hypertension cases are directly linked to obesity.
  • Approximately two-thirds of U.S. adults with type 2 diabetes are overweight and have obesity.
  • 72% of older men and 67% of older women are now overweight or obese.
  • Today two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children struggle with overweight and obesity.
  • Annual health costs related to obesity in the U.S. are nearly $200 billion, and nearly 21% of medical costs in the U.S. can be attributed to obesity.
  • Obesity is linked to more than 60 chronic diseases.

How Does Obesity Affect Me?

Carrying around too much weight doesn’t seem like it should equate to a life threatening condition, but the truth is that there are many detrimental effects to your body. Not only are the musculoskeletal structures put to the test, but there is also the toll taken on the various organs of the body.

Finally, but just as important, there are the mental implications associated with excess weight. No one wants to be over-weight.

There are many long-term health implications of obesity including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even certain forms of cancer. The first thing patients with these medical conditions are told is to lose that extra-weight.

Why Does it Hurt to Exercise?

Many people who exercise regularly develop secondary conditions such as shin splints, heel pain, foot pain, knee pain and hip pain. While these symptoms are quite common, the underlying cause is lesser known.

Misaligned feet force certain muscles and tendons to work harder than they were designed to work. They over-stretch many ligaments and force bones to become displaced. This means that the more you stand, walk or run, the more strain there will be to various parts of your body.

The majority of people with a misaligned hindfoot have a lowering of their arch, or flat foot, however it’s possible to have a normal appearing arch height and still have a misaligned hindfoot.

Other signs of hindfoot misalignment are:

Sometimes, to find an effective solution, we must look at the problem from a different angle.

The Connection Between Foot Misalignment & Obesity

If your feet are misaligned, you will eventually develop pain in one or more joints while trying to exercise or do normal everyday activities. The pain leads you to stop exercising, which slows the body’s metabolism. Your body doesn’t burn off the calories, which leads to weight gain. Weight gain is a leading cause of a variety of secondary health disorders including diabetes and heart disease.

Less active lifestyle leads to increased weight.

Less active lifestyle leads to increased weight.

An Internal, Minimally Invasive Solution to Misaligned Feet.

There is a minimally invasive procedure, called Extra-Osseous TaloTarsal Stabilization (EOTTS) where a small titanium stent is inserted into a natural space between the ankle and heel bones. This stent, called HyProCure®, maintains the normal hindfoot alignment while allowing the natural joint motion.

The HyProCure® Advantage

Unlike orthotics, HyProCure is an internal permanent solution and functions with or without shoes. It is also 100% reversible and requires little recovery time, unlike traditional reconstructive surgery. It is FDA cleared (since 2004) and is used by leading foot and ankle surgeons in 60 countries. It is routinely used in both children and adults. Most patients experience minimal pain after the procedure and are allowed to walk on their feet the same day. Once fully recovered, patients are able to run, jump and participate in physical activities, allowing them to finally experience life pain free again.*

* typical results for most patients but individual results may vary

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