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Bone and Joint Action Week has two more event days before it’s close: World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day as well as World Osteoporosis Day. Tomorrow, October 19th is dedicated to focusing on and raising awareness about musculoskeletal problems that affect children. Around 50% of adults in the US population have bone and joint problems, and some of those adults have been affected since childhood. That is why prevention and awareness are of utmost importance.

One of the risk factors for bone and joint issues for children is obesity. When children are overweight or obese, their growth plates can be affected or injured from the excessive weight. They are more likely to have back, hip, and leg issues with symptoms ranging from pain to developmental problems and deformities.

To maintain a healthy lifestyle and prevent musculoskeletal issues in children, consider the following tips for healthy bones and joints:

  • If your child is obese, make it a priority to work with his or her pediatrician to reduce weight and engage in a healthier lifestyle.
  • It’s important for you and your children to eat healthy meals that include all food groups. Bones and joints need foods that are rich in calcium, vitamin D, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Look for milk products, dark leafy greens, enriched cereals, fish, nuts, and plenty of sunlight. Additionally, foods with anti-inflammatory qualities help with joint inflammation, so make sure to include foods like ginger, wild blueberries, and even dark chocolate!
  • Regular exercise is important for all children, overweight or not. It helps to increase their health and strength, especially in the bones department. Some exercises should be weight-bearing or resistance-based to encourage development of denser bones.
  • Injuries can have long-term effects for growing children. They should be treated promptly to prevent worsening issues.

For injuries or other concerns regarding your children’s feet and ankles, consult with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505 at our Crofton, MD for a thorough assessment by our dedicated team. Our podiatry office also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas.




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