Children’s Foot Problems
Your baby’s feet will change dramatically during just the first year of life. A lot of changes occur for your baby to grow and develop, so it is important to provide plenty of room for your baby to kick and stretch. Avoid pressure from shoes when they aren’t necessary, and make sure any socks and shoes do not squeeze your baby’s toes. You can expect your baby’s feet to change shape as they grow.
Many babies are born with feet that turn inward. If you are at all concerned about your baby’s feet, contact our office. A gentle stretching exercise may be used to help with proper development.
Your child will begin walking during the toddler years. Many issues that you may notice during this time, like toe walking, are normal and will improve as your child practices walking. Talk to your child’s doctor if you are concerned about any of your toddler’s walking practices, or if you notice that he or she prefers to sit while others play.
If you notice tenderness, limping, pain, or swelling, it is a good idea to contact our office, especially if there has been an injury. Sometimes, crutches, casts, splints, or braces may be necessary to help your child heal after an injury.
Treatment for Problems
There are a number of ways that foot problems can be treated when it comes to your child’s feet. Special shoes and orthotics may be used for flat feet, while splints and night braces can help treat turning in. The doctor can also suggest different positions for playing or watching television to help with mild issues.
Choosing the right shoe is important when it comes to helping your child’s feet to grow and develop correctly. You can have your child’s foot professionally measured at our office or at a foot store to determine which size you should be using. Check the shoes often to make sure they still fit. There should be a space between the toes and the end of the shoe to prevent cramping.