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Children’s First Shoes

Children’s feet are flexible and pliable when they are born. Each foot has 26 bones that will harden as the time for walking approaches. This generally occurs between eight and 18 months, and often parents notice their child walks with their toes inward. This usually corrects itself as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons become stronger within the foot. It is beneficial for the child to walk barefoot while indoors, and the foot can strengthen as the toes grip the floor. When it is time to walk outdoors, it is beneficial for the first pair of shoes to be made of flexible materials with a flat sole, and the feet need to be measured every few months to determine the correct shoe size. Additionally, the toes need to move freely in the chosen shoes, and laces or straps are recommended that can help to prevent excess movement. If you have questions about what type of shoes to purchase for your child’s growing feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you 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 one of our podiatrists of Ankle & Foot of Edmonds. 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 Edmonds, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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