Babies' Feet Grow Fast

The feet contain one-quarter of the bones in the body, and will gradually develop from cartilage into bones. A baby’s feet may feel like a spongy material, and the arches will eventually form as their development progresses. A baby’s foot will grow three sizes during the first year of life, and it is beneficial that the feet are not restricted. When the crawling stage begins, it is helpful if the baby does this while barefooted, and this can help toes to become stronger as they try to stand up. Many parents choose to refrain from having their children wear shoes while indoors, which may help to strengthen the toes as they grip the floor. When it is time to walk outside, the first pair of shoes may consist of materials that are strong but flexible, and it is important they fit correctly. The baby’s growth will happen rapidly, and changing the shoes every few months will help to accommodate their growing feet. If you would like additional information about children’s foot health, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of Lewis Wolstein, DPM, P.C. & Associates. Our doctors 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 Co-Op City, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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