Most people need to be aware that a person’s body weight can be the cause of knee, hip and foot pain issues.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 65% of adult Americans are overweight, and 32% are classified as obese, making the United States one of the most overweight nations in the world. The obesity rates for women are even higher.
Getting back to a normal weight can be the first step toward relief of knee and hip pain problems. In fact, many joint surgeons will not perform knee replacement on an obese patient because the artificial joints are not made to withstand that strain.
A simple metric to determine if a person is considered overweight is the Body Mass Index (BMI). This metric is a ratio of a person's height to their weight. While this metric is not perfect, it does serve a helpful guide. For example, an athelete with a lot of muscle mass may have a high BMI when they are actually a healthy weight.
Here is a calculator to help you assess where you currently are.
Normal weight = 18.5 to 24.9 in body mass index (BMI)
Overweight = 25 to 29.9 BMI
Obese = 30- 39 BMI
Extreme obesity = 40+ BMI
Supplied by BMI Calculator USA
Dr. Carl Schillhammer is an orthopedic surgeon based in Central Montana who specializes in the treatment of knee pain, shoulder pain and sports medicine issues. Patients travel to Dr. Schillhammer's Anaconda, MT clinic from across the various cities in the region, including Butte, Billings, Helena, Bozeman, Big Sky, Great Falls, Missoula and Kalispell. He is proficient in cartilage repair involving the knee, knee surgery, ACL repair and rotator cuff problems. His clinic is a regional referral destination for shoulder replacement.