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How to Guide Your Baby to Their Best Foot Health

Tuesday, 29 June 2021 00:00

Your baby’s early foot development is important to their future health. You can help put them on the path to healthy feet as an adult with proper care now. Check their feet regularly for anything abnormal. To avoid ingrown toenails, trim toenails straight across—not rounded or too close to the skin. Give your toddler’s toes enough space to move and grow by keeping socks, footed pajamas and booties roomy. Let your baby go barefoot (supervised) during the day to exercise and strengthen their foot and toe muscles. Later, as they are learning to walk, being barefoot will help them grip the floor and figure out balance. Their first pair of shoes for outside walking should be flexible, lightweight, and fitted by a professional. If you notice anything unusual about your child’s feet, or are concerned about their development, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. John P. Beaupied of Palos Podiatry. Our doctor 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 our office located in Palos Heights, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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