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Obesity and Foot Problems in Children

Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

When a young child is obese, this can ultimately wreak havoc on the health of their feet and broader well-being for many reasons. First, when a child is still growing, their bones are moldable. This means that excess weight can precipitate significant changes in the structure of the feet. Second, young children who are overweight for their age might have foot conditions that, in turn, make it more difficult for them to be active. This can then contribute to a cycle that reinforces their obesity. If you are a parent caring for a young child who is overweight or obese, it is highly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today. A podiatrist can assist you in caring for the health of your child’s feet by answering any questions you might have or providing any treatment your child may need. 

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 Dr. Robbi Young from Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. 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 Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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