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 their feet, and allow the baby to stretch and kick their feet to feel comfortable.
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. When your baby begins to take those first steps, it is crucial that they are wearing protective shoes on their feet. 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, and 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 our office located in The Villages®, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.