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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 18, 2017

Whenever possible, it is best to address disease or other health issues as soon as they develop. In the case of childhood obesity, actions taken as soon as possible will reduce the risk of poor health outcomes later in life. More immediately, the important factor to address is the fact that obesity can affect developmental growth and cause pain or deformity as your child grows.

The statistics are worrisome: more than a third of children and adolescents in the United States are eight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These children are more likely to have issues related to bone and joint development, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and mental wellness issues (CDC 2015).

The following are some of the foot health effects that childhood obesity can cause to your young ones:

  • Flat Feet: While babies are born with flat feet, they usually form arches as they start to walk. Some children do not form them until even 7 years old, but obesity can prevent proper formation of arches. Obese children have feet that must bear much more weight and therefore are flattened and widened out. They may experience foot pain along the bottom of the feet, including pain in the heel. Arch supports may help reduce pain.
  • Joint pain: Since children grow at faster rates during childhood than in adulthood, misalignment in joints can grow into bigger issues that cause pain from the bottom to
    the top of the leg. Obese children’s weight can cause joints to slip out of place and grow incorrectly. As the misaligned joints try to bear the weight, it causes children pain.
  • Blount’s Disease: This condition happens when there is a bowing of the legs and improper development of the ankles due to obesity. If spotted early enough, children may correct the issue with orthotics and therapy,
  •  but later on, it would require stronger measures and possibly even surgery.

Prevention is key to managing extra weight gain. Overweight and obese children may have been less active to begin with, but the increased weight gain can cause them to be even less active. When healthy foods and strengthening activities are avoided, the body is more susceptible to injury, including strained muscle tissues and stress fractures. 

Does your child have foot or ankle pain due to being overweight? Make a plan with your pediatrician to help him or her lose weight and eat right. In addition, we can help address their foot or ankle pain using orthotics. Make an appointment today with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. Our team is ready to help at our Clark, NJ office. We keep you and your family walking!

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