Proper Care for your Children’s Feet
Your child’s first years are full of rapid growth and a myriad of changes, including in their feet! Taking proper care of their feet as they grow is important to prevent recurring issues when they’re older. We put together these tips to help ensure healthy development as your young one grows and changes.
Follow these tips to ensure healthy foot development in your child:
Babies’ bones are flexible. Their bones are still developing, so it’s important to allow them freedom of movement in their toes, ankles, and feet. Keep shoes off their feet until they’re walking, as they might interfere with proper foot growth.
Give your young one the opportunity to be barefoot when appropriate, especially when they’re first starting to put weight on their feet. Babies develop their balance and toe gripping strength better when they’re able to feel the floor with bare feet.
If your baby is cruising, but not yet walking, let them work it out themselves. Offering a hand to help them walk could slow down their process of gaining the necessary strength and balance to support their own weight.
Once they are walking, make sure they have shoes that fit them correctly.
Watch them as they walk. In-toeing or toe-walking in the beginning stages is normal, but if it’s prolonged, it might indicate a mechanical issue.
Avoid using hand-me-down shoes if possible. Every child has unique feet and should be properly fitted for each pair of shoes as their feet grow.
Keep your child’s toenails trimmed right and their feet clean and dry.
As your child grows and develops, if you notice abnormalities or if your child complains of pain or discomfort, call a foot specialist. Podiatrists can help to diagnose problems early and get your child on the path to treatment if necessary.
Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas, has years of experience treating patients of all ages. If you are concerned about your child’s foot development at any stage of development, we’re here for you. To schedule an appointment at our Brooklyn, NY office, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.