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Children and Their Fist Pair of Shoes

Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

The bones in babies feet are flexible as a result of being underdeveloped. This is how most babies are born, and they appear to be flat footed. As walking begins, the bones, muscles, and tendons will gradually become stronger, and the arch will typically develop. While toddlers are indoors, it is beneficial for them to walk barefoot. This is helpful in strengthening the foot as the toes grasp the floor. When it is time for shoes to be purchased, it is important that your child’s feet are measured correctly, as this generally ensures shoes that fit properly are worn. The shoes need to have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, and the soles should be constructed of a flat and flexible sole. If you would like additional information about how to buy children’s shoes, it is suggested to 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 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.

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 our offices located in Marble Falls and Fredericksburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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