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Children And Wearing Shoes

Monday, 03 February 2020 00:00

Children are born with flexible feet. The bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons will become stronger as walking and running occur. Research has indicated it is unnecessary for children to wear shoes while indoors. This enables the feet to become stronger as a result of the toes grasping the floor. As walking begins, the arch gradually increases in strength, and will fully develop during the late teenage years. When children begin walking outside, it is important to properly measure your child’s feet,  as this can help you to determine what size shoe to purchase. The shoes need to be flexible, in addition to providing adequate stability. Children’s shoes last an average of four months, which can depend on the activity level. If you would like additional information about how to fit your child for shoes, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Steven Schwartz of Pennsylvania. 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 offices located in Chambersburg and Waynesboro, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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