Throughout the United States, schools are adjusting the foods they serve, PE classes are worried about “screen time” as children become less active. Risks of this inactivity has long be considered diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure problems and other health issues associated with obesity. But what about foot and ankle concerns?
According to a study in Pediatrics, published in the April 2010 issue, obese children have more leg, foot, and ankle injuries than similarly aged children of a healthy weight. The study, after measuring 23,000 children ages 3 to 14 years old, found the one in six of whom were considered obese had significantly higher risk of injury to the foot or ankle.
These findings were interesting, as children of healthy weight often participate at a higher level in sports related activities that should increase their risk for injury.
So how much “screen time” is too much? We recommend regular activities that get the child up and moving. Sport participation (including dance, PE, etc) can greatly decrease this risk. For more information on how to keep your children pain free, visit our Child page.