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Understanding Footwear Needs of Children

Understanding the unique needs of growing children's feet is extremely important for selecting appropriate footwear. In the first year, a baby’s soft and supple feet with flexible bones require minimal covering. As they begin walking, arches develop, and muscles strengthen. Boys typically have larger and wider feet than girls, and during the first five years, the feet grow rapidly. This necessitates regular measurement and replacement of shoes as a child’s feet grow around half a size every few months. Children's shoes should offer rear foot cushioning, stability, and forefoot flexibility. Easy to use closures and moisture-wicking materials like mesh are optimal for comfort. While hand me downs can be economical, they are not recommended, because the shoes are molded to the previous wearer's feet and gait. Prompt replacement of outgrown shoes is vital to prevent discomfort or the development of foot issues. Additionally, it is best to avoid shoes that are either too small or too large. Consulting a podiatrist can provide valuable guidance on children's foot care and footwear selection. To check on the foot health of your child, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment 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 Foot & Ankle Surgical Group. 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 office located in Henderson, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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