Research has shown that a baby’s foot is generally flexible and padded with fatty tissue until walking begins. Babies will typically begin walking at approximately 12 months of age and many toddlers are flat footed. This condition will generally disappear once walking has begun, and this may be a result of the increased strength of bones and muscles that are present in the feet. When the walking process starts, a soft soled shoe is ideal to begin wearing and this may enable the toddler to feel the ground while walking, in addition to protecting their feet. The correct shoe size may be determined by measuring your child’s feet frequently and this may aid in monitoring the speed of their growing feet. Please make sure there is plenty of room for the toes to move freely in, in addition to confirming the shoe is comfortable in width and length. It is suggested to consult with a podiatrist if you would like additional information about how to take care of children’s feet.
<!–><!––><!––>The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Kenneth Donovan of Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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