Like all the other bones in your baby’s body, those little feet grow rapidly before the first birthday. The feet bones are especially supple, so tight shoes that put pressure on the toes can actually change the shape of the feet and could cause problems down the road. A baby should have ample room to spread their toes and flex their feet, so avoid footwear that greatly restricts such movement.
A toddler should walk only when developmentally ready, and his early gait may appear pigeon-toed or tip-toed. Keep an eye on how the gait progresses. Address any concerns with your podiatrist, as early intervention is important.
Foot Care for Children
As your child reaches age 7 or 8, the foot’s bone structure is set. Low arches, or flatfeet, can be treated with corrective footwear or prescription inserts. If you notice the toes point in or out a bit, your doctor may discuss a sitting position that can help correct the problem. For more severe in-toeing or out-toeing, your physician may recommend special shoes, splints or braces worn at night.
Foot injuries in childhood should be attended to promptly, as a damaged growth plate can lead to deformity in the foot bones. A podiatrist can identify such damage and reduce the risks.
Your child should wear shoes that enable the toes to flex and wiggle, so monitor shoe size frequently.
Children often acquire warts on their feet. Houston Foot & Ankle uses pain-free laser to kill these warts.