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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.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Pedram Aslmand, DPM of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Our podiatrist 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 Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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