Taking Care of Children’s Feet

Children's feet undergo significant changes as they grow, making proper shoe selection an important consideration. Typically, infants' feet are soft and pliable, with bones gradually forming over time. They usually start walking between nine and 18 months, signaling the need for wearing supportive shoes to protect their delicate feet. As they grow, their feet require shoes with adequate room for movement and growth, typically needing replacements every few months to accommodate size changes. Parents should watch for signs such as blisters, redness, or complaints of discomfort, indicating that shoes may be too small. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist can help address any developmental concerns, such as flat feet or gait abnormalities, ensuring healthy foot development. If you have an infant, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a consultation on proper foot care and footwear to set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy walking and foot function.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center of South Jersey. Our doctors 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 Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Atco, and Turnersville, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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With offices in Atco, Cherry Hill and Voorhees, the doctors at Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey are easily accessible to our patients in Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, and Burlington Counties

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