Children's footwear plays a pivotal role in supporting the healthy development of their feet and gait as they grow. The flexibility and sole firmness of children's shoes influence their feet and gait development. Compared to being barefoot, wearing shoes increases stride and step length, while decreasing cadence. It also affects parameters like support base, toe-off time, double support time, stance time, and single support time. Moreover, it influences the range of motion in the hip, knee, and ankle joints. As your child enters the stage where picking appropriate shoes is important, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for specific shoe recommendations for your child’s unique foot type to ensure healthy and safe growth and development.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Ocotillo Foot and Ankle Centers. Our doctors 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.