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Obese Children Have Greater Pressure on Feet

Posted Mar 04 2010 10:09pm

Thirty four preschool children were divided into two groups based on weight, as determined by body mass index. Their plantar pressures were measured when walking and it was found that overweight children had significantly larger contact areas and generated larger forces on the bottom of their feet, as well their heel, midfoot and forefoot. The substantial force on the foot created excess force through the midfoot. The authors suggest that this excess force could result in discomfort, foot pain and result in the development of future musculoskeletal conditions.

Int J Pediatr Obes. 2006;1(3):183-8.

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