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Should Children Wear Shoes Before They Begin to Walk?

Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

Research has shown that it is not necessary for children to wear shoes until they begin to walk. This may allow the muscles and tendons to naturally stretch while they are sitting or lying down. When walking commences, it’s beneficial to choose shoes that can protect the feet, in addition to having a textured sole that can grip the ground while walking, which may prevent falling. Shoes should always fit correctly and offer a maximum comfort level. This may include making sure there is adequate room for the toes to move about in, and should fit tightly at the heel, which may sustain stability while the child walks. Most babies are born with flat feet, and the arch will typically develop as the child grows. If you notice your child has certain foot conditions in which the toes turn in or the arch in the foot does not develop, it’s suggested that you and your child should consult with a podiatrist for proper treatment options.

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 Apple Podiatry Group. 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 office located in Arlington, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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