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Development and Fascinating Facts About Children’s Feet

The development of children's feet is a remarkable journey marked by significant milestones and fascinating facts. At birth, babies' feet are soft and pliable, primarily composed of cartilage and fat pads. As children grow, their feet undergo various changes to support their increasing mobility and weight-bearing activities. By the age of two, the arches of the feet begin to form, providing stability and flexibility for walking and running. Children's feet can grow up to two sizes in a year during early childhood, and many parents marvel at how rapidly they develop.  Another intriguing fact is that children's feet are more susceptible to deformities like flat feet or toe abnormalities due to their growing bones and ligaments. Proper footwear and regular foot checks are essential for monitoring healthy foot development and addressing any concerns early on. Understanding the intricacies of kids' feet empowers parents and caregivers to support their children's foot health and overall well-being as they embark on their journey of growth and exploration. If your child is experiencing foot problems or you are interested in learning more about the changes in your child’s feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide you with treatment or the information you are seeking.

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 North Eastern Ohio Podiatry Group LLC. 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 offices located in Willoughby Hills, Euclid, and Beachwood, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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