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How to Get Your Baby Started on the Right Foot

Having healthy feet is a lifelong journey, and developing a foot care program for your child can start at birth. One way babies develop muscle strength is by kicking and wiggling their feet and legs. So it’s a good idea to avoid constricting bed covers and footwear. It is thought that going barefoot helps the child’s feet develop properly. If your baby wears socks or one-piece outfits with feet, be sure to check them frequently to make sure they are not too tight around the toes. It’s also important to keep the baby's feet clean and dry daily. Here are a few things to look for as your child gets older: turning the foot in or out, not walking independently by around 18 months, frequent tripping and falling, still walking on toes by age 3, skin rashes, bumps, or other foot problems. It is a good idea to start early with a visit to a podiatrist who can examine your child’s feet and deal with any problems that may arise as he or she grows.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of East Ocean Podiatry . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during 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. Here are some things to consider...

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 for 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 our office located in Deerfield Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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