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Fascinating Facts About Kids' Feet

Children's feet, while seemingly small, play a monumental role in their overall well-being and development. At birth, a baby's foot consists of soft, pliable cartilage that gradually transforms into bone over time. During the early years, proper footwear is vital to accommodate the rapid growth and formation of their delicate arches. It is not uncommon for children's feet to appear flat initially, as arch development continues throughout childhood. Remarkably, a child's foot can grow up to two sizes in a single year, underscoring the need for frequent size checks and footwear updates. Toes may take unexpected twists and turns as kids explore different physical activities and sports. If you are seeking additional information about children’s foot development, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.

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 DeCaro Total Foot Care Center. 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 our office located in West Hatfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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