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Do Parents Understand Their Children’s Foot Development?

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 00:00

There are many parents that are concerned with the development of their children’s feet. This can range from when to purchase their first pair of shoes, to observing foot conditions that may have developed. There are studies that have been performed that have shown parents understand the importance of having their children walking barefoot while indoors. This can be beneficial in strengthening the entire foot as the toes grip the floor. Additionally, measuring the feet frequently is helpful in determining what size shoe is perfect for their feet. Additionally, many parents choose the type of shoes based on price, and what the shoes will be worn for, including school or play. If you would like more information about children’s foot development at specific ages, please 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 John Killough, DPM of Regional Foot 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 offices located in Charleston and Effingham, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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