“Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,” is a popular kids’ song that teaches little ones about their bodies. However, it can also serve as a great reminder to parents that for kids to be healthy from head to toe, children’s foot care is as essential as regular pediatric visits, immunizations, and dentist checkups! In fact, kids’ foot health is an integral part of their overall well-being and provides the foundation for a full and active life. From their first steps to stepping onto a college campus, growing kids’ feet need special attention to ensure active kids stay active and problems are addressed at the onset to avoid further issues down the road.
Give Your Baby a Great Start
While infant feet are cute as a button, keep in mind that they are quite vulnerable since their bones and muscles are soft and pliable. This makes them prone to deformities if abnormal forces are placed upon them, so skip shoes and opt for loose socks instead! Also, provide your baby’s feet plenty of opportunity to kick and move for exercise. Keep a close eye out for anything that seems out of the ordinary and make sure to let us know if you do notice any issues of concern. Kids’ feet grow fast, so it’s important to stay on top of any problems, which is why children’s foot care is especially crucial at this stage. The good news is that the very thing that makes infant feet vulnerable – soft and pliable bones – is also what makes them easily manipulated to correct problems before they get worse.
Keep Growing Feet Safe and Strong
Toddlers will definitely keep you on your toes, but they may also stay on theirs! Once little ones are on the move, it’s possible to start spotting gait abnormalities -- like toe-walking or pigeon toes – as well as other issues such as an arch that doesn’t seem to be developing. Treating these common children’s foot conditions now will ensure that kids’ feet develop properly even if they need a little help to do so. Footwear is a key component to kids’ foot health at this stage. Be sure to keep up with rapidly changing shoe sizes to avoid problems that can linger into later years.
Help Active Kids Stay That Way!
Whether your child plays sports or simply enjoys running, jumping and playing with friends at recess, exercise is not only great for overall health, but for your kid’s feet, too! Help your child stay active by making sure shoes fit and are appropriate for the activity. Avoid the temptation to pass down an older child’s shoes – this can cause problems and aggravate existing conditions. Also, stay up with regular visits to nip any problems in the bud, and take steps to prevent injuries and other issues from occurring. Remember, you cannot always rely on children complaining of foot pain. Keep a watchful eye out for signs of trouble such as irritation, limping, or reduced desire to participate in favorite activities. If you do notice any unusual symptoms, we are here for you!
To make an appointment for your child, or to find out more information on children’s foot care, call Dr. O at (303) 805-5156. When it comes to kids’ foot health, we can help you every step of the way!
Don't hesitate to get your child's feet checked out! Consult with a pediatric foot doctor in Castle Pines, Cherry Creek, Parker, or Aurora at Podiatry Associates today by calling 303-805-5156 and scheduling your appointment!