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Tending to children’s foot health from birth to the early stages of walking and throughout their growth is important. At birth, baby feet are soft and flexible, with bones that are still forming. Proper foot care involves keeping them clean and dry, and avoiding tight footwear that can restrict movement. As children start to walk, generally between eight and 18 months, their feet undergo significant development. They may initially have a wide gait, but this typically corrects itself over time. It is helpful for parents to encourage barefoot play on safe surfaces to strengthen muscles and improve balance. As children grow, it is beneficial to monitor their foot development and ensure they wear supportive, properly fitting shoes to accommodate their changing foot size and shape. Regular foot checks by a podiatrist are suggested, as this healthcare professional can help detect any potential issues early, and promote healthy foot development for lifelong mobility and comfort.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor 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 Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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