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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. 

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Thomas Vail, DPM of Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Findlay, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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