When buying your child’s first shoes, it may be more helpful to wait until “they’ve been walking confidently for several weeks,” as “this allows their tiny toes to wiggle, their feet to develop properly, and encourages them to walk as they’re less likely to slip,” according to The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. Shoes should be fitted by an expert, and sometimes the feet sizes may vary, so opt for choosing shoes in the larger size. The best material for shoes is leather, as it is flexible and lets your children’s feet breathe. Know when your children’s shoes are uncomfortable by examining their feet after a period of walking in the shoes. Toddlers’ feet should be remeasured and shoes switched about every six to eight weeks.
Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet in 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 from birth to school-age.
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 of 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 one of our offices located in Texas. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.