Until your baby begins to walk, it is thought by experts not to bother with shoes. Babies learn how to navigate, picking up information on balance and stability, while barefoot. It’s important to note that a baby’s feet develop over a period of time, and finding shoes that fit them is paramount to this process. The wise parent is one who frequently measures their baby’s feet over the first few years and replaces shoes as needed. A properly fitting shoe should have about half an inch between the toe and the tip of the shoe. It should also have enough room in the toe box for your toddler to wiggle their feet. Watch for a loose or slipping heel when they walk and any red marks on their feet when the shoes are removed. Lightweight materials such as leather or mesh are thought to be best for a baby’s development. Velcro straps and washability are also positive features. For more information on the best shoes for your toddler, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Larry Cohen of New York City. 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.
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