By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
September 22, 2016
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our patients to know that there is an important connection between your feet and your weight. The more you weigh, the more pressure gets put on your feet. Being as little as one pound overweight can increase the pressure on your ankles as you go a flight of stairs by 4 to 6 times! Being overweight can increase your risk of developing or increase the severity of several foot problems, including:

There’s another big health risk associated with being overweight and that’s developing diabetes. Diabetes poses several health threats to your feet due to neuropathy and poor circulation that can result in ulcers, wounds, injuries and infections.

Raising Children to be a Healthy Weight

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and since studies show that obese children have a high likelihood of becoming obese adults, it’s important to get and keep your children on a path to a healthy weight now.

The simplest way to do this for children (and adults!) is making sure they are burning more calories than they are consuming. Parents can do this by controlling diet—limiting the high sugar snacks, increasing the fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet, replacing sugary drinks with water, and also by increasing physical activity—according to current guidelines, a child should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Some simple ways to increase active time is to spend more time as a family doing physical activities such as bike riding, walking, swimming or hiking.

If your child seems reluctant to participate in sports or other activities, particularly if they are ones they have enjoyed in the past, it’s possible that they are having a foot problem. Young children especially are not always able to articulate foot pain or discomfort. Make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling 732-662-3050 and let our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah examine your child’s feet and ankles.

Healthy feet are part of a healthy body. Help your child to develop good habits now that will enable them to live a long and active life well into the future.