Associations between obesity and pediatric foot dimensions

Morrison, Stewart C., McCarthy, H. David and Mahaffey, Ryan (2018) Associations between obesity and pediatric foot dimensions. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, 108 (5). ISSN 8750-7315 (In Press)

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Abstract / Description

Aim:
The aim of this study was to determine if obesity is a determinant of paediatric foot dimensions.

Subjects and Methods:
A retrospective analysis of paediatric foot dimensions for 3713 children aged 3–18 years was undertaken. Foot length and foot width were measured using modified callipers. Logistic regression was used to determine relationships between foot length and foot width and the selected predictor variables (mass SDS, height SDS, and BMI SDS).

Results:
Typical weight (FL: p = ≤ .05, OR .83; FW: p = ≤ .05, OR .56) and underweight (FL: p = ≤ .05, OR .83; FW: p = ≤ .05, OR .56) males had significantly shorter and narrower feet. Overweight (FL: p = .02, OR .88; FW: p = .02, OR .72), typical weight (FL: p = ≤ .05, OR .77; FW: p = ≤ .05, OR .47) and underweight (FL: p = ≤ .05, OR .70; FW: p = ≤ .05, OR .33) females had significantly shorter and narrower feet.

Conclusion:
The findings demonstrated that obesity was a predictor of paediatric foot dimensions. Given the current prevalence of obesity in children and young people, these findings may have population wide implications on foot related matters.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: obesity; pediatric foot dimensions; foot length; foot width
Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
Department: School of Human Sciences
Depositing User: David Mccarthy
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2018 09:28
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2018 16:06
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/3760

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