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The Impact of Obesity on Children's Feet

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Childhood obesity is a pressing concern affecting millions worldwide, with repercussions extending beyond physical health. Among the many adverse effects, the impact on children's feet is often overlooked but significant. Excessive weight places immense pressure on the feet, leading to a range of orthopedic issues. Flat feet, for instance, are common among obese children, as the arches may collapse under the body's weight. This not only causes discomfort but also affects mobility and posture. Furthermore, obesity increases the risk of developing conditions like plantar fasciitis, where the tissue connecting the heel to the toes becomes inflamed due to strain. Over time, untreated foot problems can escalate, hindering a child's ability to engage in physical activities and leading to long-term health complications. Addressing childhood obesity is essential not only for overall health but also for preventing foot-related issues that can impact a child's quality of life. If your child has excess weight and has developed foot conditions, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Genine Befumo, DPM from University Foot and Ankle Center, L.L.C. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Monroe Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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