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Key Facts About Children’s Feet

Children's feet undergo remarkable changes and development throughout their early years, playing a pivotal role in their overall well-being. During infancy, a child's feet have a soft and pliable structure, gradually forming the arches over time. It is essential to allow infants to kick and stretch their feet freely, aiding in natural muscle development. As children begin to walk, usually around their 12 to 18 months, selecting proper footwear becomes critical. Shoes should provide ample support without constricting movement. Flat feet are common in toddlers, but arch development generally progresses with age. Regular observation is vital to detect any irregularities or signs of discomfort. Children's feet grow rapidly, necessitating regular shoe size checks and replacements. Additionally, fostering good hygiene practices, such as keeping toenails properly trimmed and addressing any foot pain promptly, contributes to the overall health and well-being of children's feet. If you notice any foot problems in your child, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can perform an exam and determine the cause.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Kevin Davis of Davis Foot & Ankle Centers. 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 our office located in Springfield, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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