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Children & Foot Health

I just went to a children’s health fair and wrote some handouts for the parents.  I will post one of the handouts here, which is pretty general, but I will get in further detail as time goes on.  I am a big proponent of healthy feet in children, because that sets the stage for healthy feet as an adult! 

·        Organized and unorganized sports are a great way to improve the cardiovascular system, the musculoskeletal system, coordination, and develop self-confidence and self-discipline

·        The unfortunate trend towards specialization of children in sports at a younger and younger age, lends itself towards the potential of overuse injuries; this is due to constant pressure upon a certain set of muscles, ligaments and stress upon the bones

·        Growth plates of bones don’t close until about 13-15 years old in girls and 15-17 years old in boys, so they are more suspectible to injury than tendons and ligaments

 

SOLUTIONS

·        Allow children to play many different sports and activities; this will benefit overall coordination and decrease risk of overuse injuries.

·        Simple movement patterns and proper technique are important part of prevention, especially for children younger than ten years old

·        Stretching and proper strengthening exercises are vital for growing children as the muscles and tendons will become tight as the bone lengthens

Happiness and good health!

March 25, 2009 Posted by | Children feet | Leave a comment