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Douglas Pacaccio, DPM
Thomas Nordquist, DPM

Caring for Children’s Feet

Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:00

Children are born with 22 bones in their feet. By the time they are five years of age, that number increases to 26 bones. It is critical to care for children’s growing feet as they are vulnerable to injury, particularly as they are made of soft, flexible cartilage that will eventually turn to bone. Taking care of children’s feet will help prevent problems as they age. It is beneficial to ensure socks, shoes, and onesies allow the toes room to move and straighten out. It is helpful to check their feet regularly for any potential problems, in addition to cutting the toenails straight across. Encouraging the baby to spend time each day barefoot so they can properly exercise their feet will help them when walking begins. Soft shoes should only be put on a baby’s feet when they can walk. However, the longer a toddler walks without shoes, the faster the feet will develop naturally. It is important to check the size of all foot coverings frequently as children’s feet grow fast. If you would like more information about how to care for your child’s feet, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who is an expert in this area.

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 Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . 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 one of our offices located in Sycamore, and Yorkville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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