One of the main differences between children and adult feet is the flexibility of the foot. This may be a result of the lack of bones in a child’s foot, which may cause the feet to be soft and supple. Toddlers will generally begin to walk at approximately twelve months of age, and research has shown it is beneficial to encourage the child to walk barefoot indoors, which may aid in developing the strength of the toes. This will enable the child to grasp the floor, which enhances overall balance and the walking process. Potential skin conditions may be avoided when fresh cotton socks are worn daily, in addition to airing the shoes out overnight. The importance of measuring the child’s feet is crucial in determining the correct shoe size, and this should ideally be implemented every three months prior to three years of age. Most babies are born with flat feet, and the arch will typically develop by the age of seven years old. If you notice any abnormalities about your children’s feet or how they walk, it is strongly advised to speak to a podiatrist who can properly guide you.
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.Read more about How to Care for Your Child's Feet