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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!

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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