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Childhood Obesity – The Impact on Feet

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.

Childhood Obesity - The Impact on FeetUnfortunately 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:

  • Rigid flat feet
  • Arch pain
  • Tight Achilles tendon
  • Pronated feet
  • Strain on the plantar fascia
  • Heel pain

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.

Join the 100,000 happy feet that have found relief at Dallas Podiatry Works! Our Dallas podiatrist and Plano podiatrist provides 5-star-rated foot care and ankle care. Our advanced foot care includes children's foot care, sports-related foot injuries, bunion treatment, bunion removal surgery, toenail fungus treatment, ingrown toenail treatment, hammertoe treatment, claw toe treatment, neuroma treatment, heel pain relief, limb salvage, wound care, arthritis treatment, safe pedicure, medicures, corn removals, callus removals, wart removals and more.
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