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How Children’s Feet Can Become Stronger

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:00

Research has indicated babies' feet can become stronger when the toes and feet can move without the restrictions of shoes. The foot muscles can become stronger when the child frequently kicks and wiggles their toes. As children begin to walk, wearing shoes while indoors is discouraged. When walking is done barefoot, the entire foot generally becomes stronger due to the toes grasping the floor. The average age children begin to walk is approximately twelve months. When the first pair of shoes is purchased, it is beneficial to ensure there is adequate room for the toes to move freely in. It is also recommended that your child’s feet are properly measured, as this can help to determine the correct size shoe. For additional information about children's feet and what shoes to purchase, it is suggested that you speak 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 Dr. Ronald Sheppard of Warren-Watchung Podiatry 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 one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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