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Key Facts About Children’s Feet

Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00

Children's feet undergo remarkable changes and development throughout their early years, playing a pivotal role in their overall well-being. During infancy, a child's feet have a soft and pliable structure, gradually forming the arches over time. It is essential to allow infants to kick and stretch their feet freely, aiding in natural muscle development. As children begin to walk, usually around their 12 to 18 months, selecting proper footwear becomes critical. Shoes should provide ample support without constricting movement. Flat feet are common in toddlers, but arch development generally progresses with age. Regular observation is vital to detect any irregularities or signs of discomfort. Children's feet grow rapidly, necessitating regular shoe size checks and replacements. Additionally, fostering good hygiene practices, such as keeping toenails properly trimmed and addressing any foot pain promptly, contributes to the overall health and well-being of children's feet. If you notice any foot problems in your child, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can perform an exam and determine the cause.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood of Foot Health Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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