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Insights into Children's Foot Development

Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

During infancy, a child's feet are pliable and mostly made of cartilage, gradually ossifying into bones over time. Until the age of six, children's feet are still forming, with the arches gradually developing. It is normal for children to have flat feet during this period, as the arches develop and muscles strengthen. Additionally, children's feet grow rapidly, often requiring new shoes every few months during growth spurts. As they become more active, ensuring proper footwear fit is essential to support their growing feet and prevent discomfort or injury. Children's feet may appear pigeon-toed or have other gait abnormalities as they learn to walk and run. Most of these issues resolve on their own as they develop coordination and muscle strength. Regular monitoring of children's foot health and providing adequate support through appropriate footwear can contribute to their overall well-being and comfort. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Mark Spier of Maryland. 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 one of our offices located in Columbia and Reisterstown, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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