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Most Babies Are Born with Flat Feet

Monday, 03 June 2019 00:00

Babies feet are soft and flexible, and this is a result of bones that have not fully developed. Research has indicated the importance of wearing shoes and socks that fit correctly, and this can help in preventing uncomfortable foot conditions. It is beneficial that children walk barefoot while indoors, and this aids in strengthening the toes which help to provide the grasping motion. It is important to measure children's feet approximately every other month until the age of three. This will ensure the correct size shoes are worn for their rapidly growing feet. Most babies are born with flat feet, and the arch will fully develop by seven years old. If you notice your child is walking with their feet pointed inward or outward, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly examine your child’s feet.

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 Hill Country Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, P.A.. 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 our offices located in Marble Falls and Fredericksburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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