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Children and Shoes

A baby’s foot is typically flexible and padded with fat. Most children start to walk between the ages of 8 and 18 months. At this time, they are usually still flat-footed, or their feet turn inward because their bones, muscles, and ligaments have not fully developed. Toddlers should be encouraged to walk barefoot as much as possible as this encourages balance, posture, muscle strength, and coordination. They get important sensory information from the soles of their feet touching the ground. When the child walks confidently, firm-soled shoes can be worn. Footwear can help protect their feet from injury in heat and cold. Have your child’s feet professionally measured to ensure the shoes that are worn are the correct size. Their feet grow quickly so this may need to be done every few months. Shoes that do not fit properly can hamper your child’s walking and cause foot problems like ingrown toenails. Shoes should have plenty of room for their toes, have a flexible, flat sole, and fasteners that do not allow too much movement or slipping of the foot in the shoe. If you have any concerns about your child’s feet or want to learn more about selecting proper shoes, please consult a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Thomas E. Silver of Westwood Foot Clinic. 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 office located in Golden Valley, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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