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Does your shoe size change when you lose weight?

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Are you concerned your feet will get smaller after you lose weight and force you to get new shoes?


When you lose weight, you tend to focus on a flatter stomach, smaller hips and thinner cheeks. However, the obvious features of your physical appearance are not the only things that can change. You could also experience better digestion and less pain. In addition, your feet might be different. Your feet may be the last thing on your mind when you are on a journey to lose weight, but shedding a few pounds can make a noticeable difference.

Foot growth and pain due to weight gain

Your feet can be affected when you gain unnecessary weight. First, they will begin to grow, both as a result of the extra weight on your body and a restructuring of the bone structure inside them. In response to the extra pounds, the bones inside your feet will begin to compress on top, and your foot will become flatter. This can help you to maintain your balance as you get heavier, but it can be accompanied by its share of pain and joint problems.

The results can make your weight loss process more difficult. Extra pounds will cause pain and distortion in your feet. According to Dr. Larry Huppin, a podiatrist at Foot and Ankle in Seattle, when people begin to exercise after a significant weight gain, they often notice pain in their feet.

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“If you’re carrying extra weight, you’re a lot more prone to problems on the bottom of your foot because that foot is flattening out more, and it’s getting longer and stretching everything out,” he explains. “And you’re more prone to problems on top of your foot because as that foot goes down, all those bones at the top get compressed together, so you can get top of foot pain.”

Huppin goes on to explain that this condition may progress and turn into problems such as plantar fasciitis, ball-of-foot pain, heel pain, big toe joint pain, bunions and stress fractures on the top of the foot. These can be resolved with orthotic shoes or inserts that help your feet keep their shape despite the extra weight. By using shoe inserts and physical therapy, you can keep your feet from restructuring and avoid the extra pain.

Shrinking feet with weight loss

As you try to protect the bones in your feet from shifting into a new structure, you may notice the effects in the way your shoes fit. You might find that your shoes become looser and ill-fitting. One of the factors about weight loss is that it does not just target your face, arms, legs, belly or hips. Every inch of your body can shrink, and this includes your feet.

Although your feet may feel a little less cramped in your shoes, it is vital to note that not everyone experiences shrinking feet during weight loss. For most people, weight loss in the feet usually happens after losing more than 20 pounds. For some people, it may take losing more than 50 pounds to see a difference.

You probably have not focused on the weight loss in your feet before, but it is important to remember this idea as you work on your body goals. If you are losing a significant amount of weight, new shoes may be on your next shopping list. Some people believe smaller feet are more attractive. Others simply enjoy greater comfort in their shoes and the reduction in pain. You may want to treat this as another reason to move your weight loss goals into high gear and start shedding those unwanted pounds.



I couldn’t agree more. That’s just what I was thinking. Thank you!