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Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Insights into Children's Foot Development

During infancy, a child's feet are pliable and mostly made of cartilage, gradually ossifying into bones over time. Until the age of six, children's feet are still forming, with the arches gradually developing. It is normal for children to have flat feet during this period, as the arches develop and muscles strengthen. Additionally, children's feet grow rapidly, often requiring new shoes every few months during growth spurts. As they become more active, ensuring proper footwear fit is essential to support their growing feet and prevent discomfort or injury. Children's feet may appear pigeon-toed or have other gait abnormalities as they learn to walk and run. Most of these issues resolve on their own as they develop coordination and muscle strength. Regular monitoring of children's foot health and providing adequate support through appropriate footwear can contribute to their overall well-being and comfort. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact our podiatrists of CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. 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 office located in East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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