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Taking Good Care of Children’s Feet

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Good foot health is important, particularly for children, as their feet are still developing and are foundational to their overall physical health. Children’s feet grow rapidly, and proper development is essential to prevent long-term issues. Poor foot health in childhood can lead to problems such as flat feet, misaligned bones, or even postural issues affecting the knees, hips, and spine. Ensuring good foot health involves several key practices. Children should wear properly fitted shoes that provide adequate support. Regularly checking shoe size is important as kids outgrow shoes quickly. Encourage children to walk barefoot when safe, as this can strengthen their foot muscles. Hygiene is equally important, as keeping feet clean and dry prevents fungal infections. Observing children’s walking patterns and foot structure can help identify issues early. For any concerns about your child's foot health, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for professional advice and treatment.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Cascade Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 our offices located in Yakima and Ellensburg, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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