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Shoes for Pre-Walkers

When a new parent has a baby, they often have many questions about what they should be doing to protect the health of their newborn’s feet. For example, new parents often have questions about what shoes they should be buying for their newborn before they can walk. Sometimes, parents will put shoes on their newborn before they can walk for style purposes or to keep their newborn’s feet warm. In this case, parents can consider shopping for baby shoes that have soft soles. Admittedly, shoes for pre-walking infants serve a primarily decorative purpose. However, if your pre-walking infant wears soft-sole shoes, this might helpfully keep a pair of socks on your infant’s feet. If you are a new parent with a pre-walking infant, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to ensure that you are doing everything you can to maintain the health of your infant’s feet.

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/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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