Research has shown that newborn babies wiggle their toes and stretch their feet, and it is suggested to place blankets loosely over their feet as often as possible. Additionally, when walking begins, it is beneficial to have your child walk barefoot while indoors. This may help them to develop foot strength as the toes grasp the floor. As your child grows, and begins to walk outside, it becomes necessary for them to wear shoes for protection against the outside elements. It is important that a shoe with a flexible sole is chosen, in addition to ensuring there is adequate room for the toes to move freely in. For more information about what to look for while purchasing children’s shoes, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly guide you.
The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Martin Sloan of Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 our offices located in Rockwall and Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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