Monday, 01 April 2019 00:00

Should Young Children Walk Barefoot?

Research has shown that it may not be necessary for young toddlers to wear shoes while they are walking indoors. When they are able to walk barefoot, their toes will naturally develop a grasping action, which may help the feet to grow normally. When shoes are eventually purchased, it is important to properly measure your child’s foot to determine the correct shoe size. This should be done every four months for children under the age of five, and every six months for older children. Many babies are born with flat feet and may remain that way until the arch develops at approximately six years of age. If you notice abnormal walking patterns in your child, it is advised to speak to a podiatrist who can guide you toward foot care that is right for your child.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard of Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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