April is Foot Health Awareness Month - Keep America Moving!

First Lady Michelle Obama recently launched a national initiative.  ‘Let's move' is the slogan for this health initiative aimed at decreasing obesity in children.  One of the big factors involved in obesity, especially childhood obesity, is the lack of physical activity.  There are very few of adults who couldn't stand to lose a few pounds, but obesity at a young age can lead to many problems and health concerns later in life.  By keeping America moving, we can eliminate today what will cause problems in the future.  Dr. Thomajan and podiatrists across the country want to take this time to stress foot health and how it can affect childhood obesity.

While there are many entertainment options such as movies and video games that require little or no physical movement, it is important to make sure your child doesn't prefer this to running or playing because of pain in their feet.  Many children go through a period of their development where the feet appear flat.  As they continue to grow, they should develop a normal arch.  They may begin to experience pain or discomfort if their feet remain flat as they get older.  It is a good idea to visit your podiatrist if you notice you child avoiding walking or running because of foot pain.  While ‘flatfeet' are quite commonly seen in children, there are a number of different causes that must be identified for proper treatment.

Remember that pain is never ‘normal' and to ignore your body or ‘push through' is never a good idea.  Don't let foot discomfort or pain prevent your child from being physically active.  Let us here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists help you and your child get moving!

Until next time, keep your and your children's feet happy and healthy, Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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