Research has shown that the majority of babies are born with flat feet. Feet are flexible and will become stronger as the walking process occurs. The grasping action of the toes will help the overall strength of the foot grow as children begin walking barefoot while indoors. When shoes are purchased, it is beneficial to measure the feet to determine the correct length and width. This can help in choosing the right shoe size. Additionally, it is important to make sure there is adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Potential skin problems may be reduced when the shoes are aired out overnight and clean socks are worn on a daily basis. Children may walk with their feet turned in or out and may straighten out as they get older. If you notice any abnormal walking patterns in your children, it is suggested that you consult 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 The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. 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 Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.