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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.

 

 

Is A Standing Desk Right For You?

Have you ever wondered what a standing desk might feel like? If you work in an office environment and have ever had back pain or feel inspired to be more active, the concept of a standing desk has probably crossed your mind. You’re not alone! Standing desks are a fantastic option for some people, but not for everyone. There are many proven benefits to standing desks. Some of those benefits include improved circulation, less back pain, and decreased stiffness from not sitting for hours on end. In our current culture, many people sit for long periods of time for their jobs.

Many health professionals today feel that “sitting is the new smoking,” meaning that sitting for long periods of time is just as bad for your health as smoking regularly! Though the benefits are tempting, it’s important to approach the transition from all angles. One of the most important and overlooked factors of standing desks is that balance and moderation are key. Sitting all day is bad, but so is standing all day! You need a little bit of both, switching off and on throughout the day, to truly benefit from a standing desk. Otherwise, you may find yourself experiencing discomfort in an entirely different way. Let’s imagine someone has a history of repeated injuries to their ankle. Repeated ankle sprains can, over time, permanently weaken the joints and ligaments in the ankle.

When you’re standing, your body uses the same muscles, joints, and ligaments to keep you balanced the entire time and quickly become fatigued. In contrast, the motion of walking evenly distributes your weight among your muscles, joints, and ligaments. This means that standing for 2 hours will be a lot more uncomfortable for your ankle than walking for 2 hours. When using a standing desk, you really must consider the health of your feet and ankles. Balance and moderation between sitting and standing, as well as how easy it is to switch from one position to the other, is important when deciding on what kind of desk to purchase.

You don’t have to make the decision alone! If you’re considering making the switch to a standing desk but you have existing podiatric issues, it’s time to make an appointment to see your trusted podiatrist at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A., to address any concerns you may be having about your foot and ankle health with Dr. McKinney. You can even conveniently schedule an appointment online today or call us at (713) 946-1500.