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What To Do: Baby Feet & Shoes

Baby shoes are cute – but what about when your baby needs to transition from cute little baby booties to baby shoes that they will start learning how to walk in? It can seem daunting but don’t worry, your podiatrist is here to help just as much as your baby’s pediatrician when it comes to learning to walk. There are approximately 26 bones in the adult human foot. As an infant, not all those bones are fully formed yet. This goes for their tendons and ligaments as well! Babies are constantly growing and changing both internally and externally. One of the many ways we can make sure they grow safely into their own bodies is by ensuring their feet are fitted with proper footwear. Keep genetics and heredity in mind as well, especially if you or anyone else in your family has flat or wide feet!

In the early stages of infancy, simply cloth booties are sufficient to keep their feet and toes warm and safe. However, when baby starts to kick, crawl, squat, and eventually walk, it’s important to consider how fragile their feet still are when finding age-appropriate shoes. No matter the age of your baby, a pair of shoes that is too tight will always be discouraged. When those bones are developing they need to not be restricted in order to grow properly – this could potentially result in deformities in their later years, like bunions or hammertoes. Another important aspect to consider when choosing new baby shoes for your growing child is the support and grip of the shoes. Even if they’re not full-blown walking yet, a supportive pair of shoes is a great way to begin their relationship with shoes. Support translates into insoles that form to the natural curvature of the feet as well as providing a textured grip to help baby push their feet.

This is essential to helping them develop their muscle memory and ability to stand up from a sitting or lying position. To go the extra mile, ask your podiatrist about some ways to help your baby warm up and stretch their muscles by providing light massage and gentle manipulation of their lower extremities, such as their legs, ankles, and toes. This not only helps aid in healthy circulation but it also provides a great opportunity to check their feet for any abnormalities that may develop – if you ever do see something odd about your babies feet, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Scott McKinney and schedule them to be seen! Call us today at (713) 946-1500 to stay one step ahead of your baby’s foot health.

 

 

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The Woes of Wide Feet

Don’t get us wrong – having wide feet isn’t the end of the world. However, when you live with wide feet, your perspective on shoes definitely changes! When someone has wider feet, their risk of developing several foot-related conditions increases if the width of their feet isn’t accommodated. Wide width shoes on wide feet = happy feet! But improperly fitting shoes on wide feet are a different story.

How can you tell if you have wide feet? Easy! See your trusted podiatrist for an exam! In addition to this, taking a trip to your local shoe store where a professional can measure your feet for you is another efficient way to see if you have wide feet. However, if you can’t immediately get in with your podiatrist or take a trip to your local shoe store, there are some other telltale signs of wide feet: blisters! Are you prone to developing blisters? Blisters can come about simply from walking too much, even in properly fitted shoes, but properly fitted shoes sure do help with blister prevention.

Besides blisters, wearing ill-fitting shoes with wide feet can set you up for developing corns and calluses due to the friction of not having adequate space for your width. Wide feet can even be more prone to developing hammertoes when your toes aren’t given enough space and get crammed up against the top of your shoes. If you’re an active person, it’s a good idea to get your wide feet and ankles the support they need for physical activity.

There are a lot of myths about how someone gets wide feet, but you can consider those myths busted – wide feet are almost entirely genetic! In some cases, wide feet can be due to physical trauma, obesity, or going shoeless too often during early development…but the most likely reason is purely genetics.

Keep your feet happy and see your podiatrist to talk about what you can do for your wide feet. Give us a call at (713) 946-1500 to schedule an appointment at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston, Texas and the downtown area.

Is Your Child Foot-Intelligent?

For children, many decision-making situations can be overwhelming. When it comes to picking the right pair of shoes for your child, there’s no exception to this rule. Children are constantly growing little by little every day, and before you know it, those shoes you bought for them last week won’t fit by this time next month! Better yet, your child said they fit because they wanted to get shoe shopping over with, and one month later, they’re disinterested in them because they’re uncomfortable.

When you go to a children’s foot store there are more options than there are days of the year, but it’s a good time to sit down with your children and have a talk about foot intelligence. Be sure to explain to your child, in a way they will understand, that taking a little extra time to find a pair of shoes they not only like the looks of, but also the feel of is important.

When talking to your child, explain that there are many bones in their feet, 26 to be exact! Those bones of theirs are always growing, and we need to make sure we don’t squish them and instead give them plenty of room to grow. Tell them how sometimes when we buy shoes that look cool but don’t really fit, we can hurt our feet!

Having unhappy feet means that it’s uncomfortable to run around at recess, and when they’re more grown up, can lead to foot problems like bunions, hammertoes, or ingrown toenails. When you schedule your next appointment with your podiatrist, be sure to let your child know that Dr. Scott McKinney and his team of foot doctors would agree that flashy shoes are cool, but knowing that they’re good for our growing feet is even better.

Your child wants cool looking shoes, and you want your child to feel confident as well as comfortable. Before heading off to the shoe store, call ahead and tell the shoe specialist that you’re looking to help your child make a better decision with a comfortable, safe pair of shoes. Help makes the sometimes overwhelming decision easier and simplify the task–let your child choose just a few pairs of shoes to try on at a time.

Ask your child how they would feel sitting at their school desk, running around at recess, or even going for a walk with family in those shoes. This will help them think critically and they will feel good about having a say in the decision. Next time you visit McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A., let your child tell Dr. McKinney all about how he or she helped make a good decision for his/her feet and developed better foot intelligence. Call us at (713) 946-1500 or schedule an appointment online today to visit one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston area.