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Development of Baby's Feet

Babies’ feet may look like miniature versions of adult feet, but that is only true on the outside. Early development enables the baby to find various ways to move their feet. This generally begins with wiggling their toes to gradually walking. During the crawling stage, the child’s feet will grow approximately three sizes, and the cartilage will start to form into bones. Eventually, this will add up to 26 bones and numerous joints, tendons, and muscles that make the adult foot. It is beneficial to have your child crawl and walk barefoot while indoors. This can help the toes and feet become strong. When the first shoes are purchased, make sure they are made of breathable materials, and having soft soles can help the toes stretch. There are many stages to a child’s foot development, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to learn more.

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 Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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