Children and Walking Barefoot

An infants foot is made of soft, flexible cartilage, which gradually hardens as the baby develops and will be formed in the late teenage years. Most babies are born with flat feet, and the shape of the foot is often evident at approximately two years of age. The foot shape is important to consider when choosing the right shoes. If the big toe is the longest of all the toes, it is considered to be tapered. Conversely, a rounded foot shape consists of the second or third toe being the longest, and when the toes are the same length, this is considered to be a square foot shape. Children’s foot health may include having the toddler crawl and walk barefoot while indoors, this helps strengthen the entire foot. The toes can also become stronger as they grip the floor and stretch. When it is time for the first pair of shoes to be purchased, it is beneficial they are made of soft leather material, and have flexible soles. If you would like additional information about how to take proper care of your child’s feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with helpful information.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM of Western Reserve Foot Clinic. 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 Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.