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By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
April 12, 2015
Tags: Childhood obesity  

 

It is no secret that childhood obesity is epidemic in this country. There are many factors at play, including diet, sedentary lifestyles such as with kids who spend too much time playing video games and no enough time exercising.  Another factor which is often overlooked is the fact that foot pain and deformities can lead to childhood obesity when they interfere with the ability and willingness to participate in otherwise healthy physical activities.  

There is a common belief that excessive weight causes foot problems. While being overweight adds to the stress on our feet, in more cases, it is the other way around.  Common conditions in children such as ingrown toenails and warts are painful, but can typically be resolved fairly quickly.  More insidious is the developmental flatfoot in children that may not even be severely painful, but can result in foot or leg fatigue, balance and coordination issues, intoe gait and toe walking.   These are the issues that make it less enjoyable for a child to participate in sports, dancing, gymnastics, martial arts and other healthy physical activities. They also increase the possibility of injury when they do participate.  

These issues are largely a byproduct of the structure of the body—the “engineering” of the skeleton—which is hereditary in nature.  If you need evidence of this, look at the feet of the siblings, parents and grandparents.  Most likely you’ll see similarities and a picture of what will be in your child’s future as he or she grown into adulthood.  

It doesn’t take much to see the connection between these problems and the obesity epidemic.  For this reason, it is recommended that children be examined for these developmental problems, even if there hasn’t been a specific complaint of pain.  

For those of you in the Clark, New Jersey area, from 1:00-5:00 PM on Saturday April 18, Dr. Brandon Macy of Clark Podiatry Center will be conducting a free foot screening examination for children from 1-17 at the office located at 1114 Raritan Rd. in Clark.  A brief but thorough examination is offered, with recommendations for treatment which could be indicated and answers for your questions or concerns regarding your child’s foot health.  

Appointments are recommended to minimize waiting time, but aren’t necessary.  To schedule an appointment or if you have questions, please call the office at 732-382-3470 or contact us through our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com.  Remember, it is NEVER normal for a child to have foot pain, foot problems aren't always painful in children and it is unlikely that they will "grow out of" foot problems.

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