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Well-Loved Baby Feet

Parents fall in love with every aspect of their newborn child, including their tiny, precious feet. They try hard to care for their babies in all ways and do what they can to ensure their child grows up healthfully. Paying attention to a baby’s feet is required as part of this care. Babies are born with the ability to walk, even if they usually cannot do so until about 15 months of age. They are usually born with flat feet, and when they first stand, their leg and foot muscles are not developed enough to support the arches. It takes approximately seven years for the arches to form. Baby’s feet need to be cared for to notice problems brewing and prepare them for walking. Good foot care for baby includes regularly examining their feet for abnormalities or developing problems. It is also recommended that parents keep their child’s feet clean, dry, and moisturized, cut their toenails straight across versus in a curved shape, and make sure their feet are not hampered from movement in their clothes or bed. Foot exercises will help to strengthen their feet. Babies should also wear socks rather than shoes before walking outdoors for strengthening purposes. To help you best care for your baby’s feet, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for more information on proper care.

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 Houston Foot and 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 Kingwood, Humble, The Woodlands, and Conroe, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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