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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 19, 2016
Category: Foot Health Tips

OK. So it’s not peanut butter & jelly day, but the other PB&J day – World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day! October 19th celebrates and raises awareness for bone and joint health in children and youth. At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to do our part by giving you some tips about healthy pediatric bone and joint growth. Remember that for children, prevention and early treatment are key for averting problems later in life.

  • Eat foods for healthy bone and joint growth:

    • Foods with Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids: such as nuts, fatty fish, and veggies.

    • Foods with calcium: from nutrient enriched cereal, dark leafy greens, yogurts, cheese, and milk alternatives.

    • Foods with vitamin D: nutrient enriched cereal, egg yolks, and cheese. Getting some sun also helps you get your vitamin D intake.

  • Watch your child’s eating habits:

    • Overeating can lead to overweight and obesity issues. Extra weight can cause pain in the joints.

    • Teenagers may become anorexic or bulimic, which can affect growth through lack of nutrition, or altering hormones levels.

  • Exercise to protect and strengthen your joints and bones:

    • Always stretch and warm up to lower risk of injury or strain.

    • Children should do bone-strengthening exercises, as a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. Cycling or running games, as well as gymnastics, group sports, or jumping-related activities are necessary to build strong bones.

    • Sitting for long periods of time can lead to stiff joints or swelling.

  • Pay attention to injury or stress fractures:

    • During growth spurts, and puberty, there is a higher chance of injury as bones and joints are not fully developed.

    • Children and youth who play sports are more likely to experience injury – which can have more painful consequences when bones and joints are not fully formed.

Keep in mind that swollen, painful, red joints are not normal. Your children should see a doctor if they have this symptom. Of course, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, can assess and treat your child’s foot and ankle-related bone or joint issues. He and his team specialize in pediatric podiatry, so that we keep you (and your family walking). Make an appointment with us today at our Clark, NJ office

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