A child’s foot will typically change shape as the aging process occurs. Most babies are born with flat feet, and the arch will be fully developed at approximately eighteen years of age. When children begin to walk, their feet may become less flexible as the bones become stronger. Research has indicated that it may be beneficial for young children to walk barefoot indoors as often as possible. This may help the feet to develop adequate muscle tone and strength. It is important to wear shoes while walking outdoors, and this may aid in protecting the soles of the feet. After the correct size is determined by properly measuring the feet, the first pair of shoes can be purchased. They should consist of adequate cushioning that will provide maximum stability. Additionally, if the shoes are made of a breathable material, they may provide the flexibility that is needed to easily walk. If you have questions about your children’s feet, please speak to a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.
The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
- Make sure their shoes fit properly
- Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
- Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
- Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
- Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
- Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
- Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
- Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, and Oswego, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about What to Do to Keep Your Child’s Feet Healthy