The purpose for talking about childhood obesity is to bring awareness to this growing epidemic. In the U.S. alone, it is reported that one in five children are considered obese and that half of those children will most likely be obese as adults as well. This is a staggering statistic! The impact of obesity on general health is increasing and specific symptoms like foot pain are being seen more often.
Unfortunately for children who are obese, there can be a revolving cycle that is hard to break. With extra weight, physical activity is essential but foot pain often prevents it, making it harder to keep the weight down. Early intervention and treatment can help stop the cycle, so acknowledging foot pain and its symptoms is key.
Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt, foot and ankle specialists at Dallas Podiatry Works, see and treat the consequences of childhood obesity. Complications include:
Childhood obesity has also been linked to lower bone mass and strength, which increases the risk of fractures. The heel bone isn’t fully developed until age fourteen. As your child grows, stress and muscle strain from extra weight can cause inflammation of the heel’s growth plate. Called Sever’s disease, walking can become painful and also cause a child to be susceptible to stress fractures in the heel bone. Foot pain can also arise if an overweight child has inherited any conditions such as hammertoes and bunions. With all of these foot problems, children may also have a hard time finding comfortable footwear.
At our Dallas and Plano, TX offices, there are several treatment options for foot pain due to childhood obesity. Stretching exercises, physical therapy and custom orthotics are just a few ways we can help. If you need to schedule an appointment for your child, call us (972) 566-7474 in Dallas or (972) 943-3323 in Plano.
I had a problem with my ankle and called the office to see about getting an appointment sometime this week. I was thoroughly pleased when they were able to work me into their busy schedule on the same day !!! Thank you to the staff and Dr. Northcutt.*
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.*
I was fortunate to happen upon Dallas Podiatry Works, where I got Dr. Northcutt to help me. Can’t say enough good about him: he was nice, kind, and a good listener. That last is a particularly important trait. My foot got better under his care, and I felt respected as a patient and a person. The clinic staff is helpful and clear as well. I highly recommend Dallas Podiatry Works.*
Dr. Northcutt is absolutely a true Godsend for me. On top of that, he is a true professional and has great patient skills. Never condescending or impersonal. He sincerely spend time with you and explains why you may have the symptoms and how to take care of them. Gosh, he even shakes hands with the patient, introduces himself and even says goodbye. Usually, not the norm!!!*
Thank you for your quick response to my problem. I fully expected to come in and get the run around and be scheduled for another appointment to come back for the ingrown toe nail to be fixed. I was quit surprised when a single visit and you had me out the door with no more pain. Again, thanks so much.*