Children’s feet differ greatly from adult feet. When comparing the two, the shapes are different. In the first year, the cartilage is soft, and there are additional fat pads on the soles. This can give the feet added flexibility that may diminish as one ages and the bones become stronger. Research has shown it may be beneficial for the child to walk barefoot while indoors, which may help to strengthen the overall foot. It is desirable for children to wear shoes while walking outside, and this can help to protect the feet. When it is time for the first pair of shoes to be purchased, many parents will buy shoes that are lightweight and have flexible soles. A child’s foot changes during the first five years. It is helpful to properly measure their feet often during this time, as different size shoes are often needed. Many parents notice the average life of a pair of shoes is approximately four months, and this can vary, depending upon the quality of the shoes. If you have questions about your child’s foot health, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.
The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Kimberly Woodard, DPM of Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Centers, LLC . 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 Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.