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Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:00

Shoes for Children While Walking Outside

One of the most adorable things babies do is play with their feet. It is one of the reasons to smile at your child, and this activity generally happens between 4 and 8 months old. This is considered to be a milestone and is an enjoyable pastime for them. Many parents have a baby gym in the living area, and this is an effective method of strengthening their feet.  Walking barefoot while inside is a natural way to strengthen the entire foot, and many parents resist the urge to buy cute shoes for their toddlers. As the feet become stronger, shoes may be purchased, and there are specific types of shoes for various age groups. As the first birthday approaches, it is beneficial to wear shoes outside that can protect the feet. These types of shoes can consist of a non-skid rubber sole, Velcro straps, and a wide-toe box. If you would like to have more information about purchasing shoes for your child, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M of Florida. Dr. Klein 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 Saint Petersburg, FL. . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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