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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.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact one of our doctors from Kitsap Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bremerton and Port Orchard, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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