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The Link Between Childhood Obesity and Flat Feet

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

Individuals that suffer from obesity are naturally at a higher risk of experiencing a variety of foot ailments and foot pain. One important link between obesity and foot health that every parent should be aware of is the relationship between childhood obesity and flat feet. When an individual has flat feet, their entire soles rest flush against the ground and lack an arch. Although a flat foot does not always cause symptoms, the condition can cause foot pain and eventually contribute to back pain. Scientific studies have demonstrated that obese children were more likely to exhibit flat feet than other non-obese children. Experts have identified two potential explanations for this phenomenon. First, obese children may simply have more fat padding on the bottoms of their feet. And second, obese children may have sunken arches because of the extra weight that they exert on their feet. If your child suffers from obesity and you believe that they may be exhibiting signs of flat feet, it may be wise to contact a podiatrist. A professional will be able to help you identify any problems with your child’s feet and develop a plan to address them.


 

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 Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. Our doctor 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 Bellaire and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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