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Fascinating Facts About Children’s Feet

As children gleefully skip and run, their feet become the unsung heroes of their adventures. A child’s foot is not fully developed at birth, and will gradually mature as the growing process occurs. Flat feet, often seen in toddlers, emerge as a result of developing arches. The right shoes for tiny feet are paramount, supporting their natural formation. Interestingly, children have more sweat glands per square inch on their feet as compared to adults, making it understandable to crawl or walk without socks. When children’s feet are observed, their evolving balance and coordination skills can be noticed. So, next time you witness a hop, a skip, or a jump, remember, those feet are crafting a tale of growth, exploration, and endless childhood delight. If you would like additional knowledge about children’s feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact our podiatrist of Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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