Children's feet go through remarkable transformations, shifting from their spongy, soft state in the pre-crawling phase, to rapidly growing during their initial years. As children move into the crawling stage, their feet become more delicate, and soft, protective footwear is suggested. When they take their first steps, the need for proper walking shoes arises, given the fast bone development. Entering pre-school, kids are more active, necessitating diverse shoe styles. By school age, feet have evolved significantly, and shoes should be sought for increased activity. To ensure the well-being of your child's developing feet and proper shoes for each milestone achieved, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for guidance on proper foot care that will benefit them throughout life.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors 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 our office located in Millburn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.