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Heavier Children More Susceptible to Injuries to the Feet and Lower Legs

Obesity and your feetAccording to research conducted in Denmark, overweight or obese children sustain an increased likelihood in incurring injuries to their feet, ankles, and legs during physical activity. During the study, a group of 632 heavyset children studied sustained a total of 673 lower-limb injuries during their weekly ninety minutes of physical activity over the course of two and a half years

Although children at lower weights hurt themselves about 4.4 times per every 1000 engagements in exercise, the heavier children were injured 5.3 times for every 1000 engagements. "In the bigger picture the need to get all kids more active, and particularly overweight children, is imperative," sports medicine researcher Malachy McHugh said.

Obesity can affect the feet and ankles in very negative ways. If you are obese and want to learn how to care for your feet, see a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.  Dr. Cohencan instruct you on what to look out for to avoid irritating health complications.

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.  The pain and stiffness involved with this condition can be so debilitating that the act of walking becomes an issue.

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If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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