Footwear and Children’s Foot Health

Active kids take about 20,000 steps a day, making the choice of shoes important for their foot health. Conventional shoes can distort natural foot structures, leading to musculoskeletal issues over time. Adult feet and conventional adult shoes share a similar shape, which is not a coincidence. Many foot problems, such as bunions and heel pain, that are seen in western societies are rare in cultures where people walk mostly barefoot. This may suggest that certain footwear affects foot shape negatively. Parents can opt for children’s shoes that are widest at the toes, flat, lightweight, and have flexible soles. Avoid arch support or pronation control features as these can interfere with natural foot development. It is also acceptable to allow your child to walk barefoot occasionally, as feet are adaptable. However, always be cautious about unsafe surfaces. Making these simple choices can contribute to the healthy development of your child’s feet. If you want to make sure that your child’s feet have the best chance of developing healthfully, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and discussion on how to best do this.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, 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.

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 office located in Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.