Study Finds Obesity in Children Increases Foot Injury Risk

As America continues to struggle with a rising obesity epidemic, a recently published national study suggests that obese children are in danger of another health problem—developing a lower limb injury.

According to the study, published in the April 2010 issue of Pediatrics, obese children had more leg, foot, and ankle injuries than similarly aged children of a healthy weight. The study measured 23,000 children, ages 3 to 14 years old—about one in six of whom was considered obese.

“These findings are strongly troubling to those of us in the podiatry community. In addition to obesity causing injury and growth plate inflammation, children with existing foot ailments who have not been evaluated and treated by a medical specialist, such as a podiatrist, have a much greater tendency to avoid exercise altogether,” said Ronald D. Jensen, DPM, president of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Inactivity is a major factor in developing obesity. For these reasons, it is important that parents be mindful of the type of footwear they purchase for their children, and make sure that any sign of foot problems and pain be evaluated by a podiatrist immediately.”

Having a child’s feet properly measured can also help avoid problems. Whether on the playground or around the home, ensuring that all children wear supportive footwear is paramount to avoiding injury.

p.s. With summertime approaching, let’s keep our Highlands County kids injury and painfree.If your child is having foot pain, visit your local podiatrist.

Dr. Olga Garcia Luepschen and the Gentle Foot Care Center are located 2 Ryant Blvd (on US27) can be reached 314-9255(walk).  Check us out at



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