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Taking Good Care of Children’s Feet

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Good foot health is important, particularly for children, as their feet are still developing and are foundational to their overall physical health. Children’s feet grow rapidly, and proper development is essential to prevent long-term issues. Poor foot health in childhood can lead to problems such as flat feet, misaligned bones, or even postural issues affecting the knees, hips, and spine. Ensuring good foot health involves several key practices. Children should wear properly fitted shoes that provide adequate support. Regularly checking shoe size is important as kids outgrow shoes quickly. Encourage children to walk barefoot when safe, as this can strengthen their foot muscles. Hygiene is equally important, as keeping feet clean and dry prevents fungal infections. Observing children’s walking patterns and foot structure can help identify issues early. For any concerns about your child's foot health, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for professional advice and treatment.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector of Shore Podiatry. 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 Point Pleasant, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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