The feet contain one-quarter of the bones in the body, and will gradually develop from cartilage into bones. A baby’s feet may feel like a spongy material, and the arches will eventually form as their development progresses. A baby’s foot will grow three sizes during the first year of life, and it is beneficial that the feet are not restricted. When the crawling stage begins, it is helpful if the baby does this while barefooted, and this can help toes to become stronger as they try to stand up. Many parents choose to refrain from having their children wear shoes while indoors, which may help to strengthen the toes as they grip the floor. When it is time to walk outside, the first pair of shoes may consist of materials that are strong but flexible, and it is important they fit correctly. The baby’s growth will happen rapidly, and changing the shoes every few months will help to accommodate their growing feet. If you would like additional information about children’s foot health, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.
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 Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. 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 one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.