When a child is born, the bones in their feet are comprised of soft cartilage. Research has indicated that it is beneficial for a child to walk barefoot while indoors, as this may help the feet to become stronger. This can happen when the toes grasp the floor, and this generally benefits the entire foot. When your child walks outdoors, it is important to properly measure their feet, as this can help to best determine the correct shoe size. When the first shoes are purchased, it is suggested that they are made of a lightweight and breathable material, in addition to having non-slip soles. Children’s feet grow rapidly, and it is wise to have them measured approximately every six weeks. Many babies are born with flat feet, and the arches will gradually develop as the feet become stronger. If this fails to occur, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose any foot condition your child may have.
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.
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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.