When a child is growing and maturing, it is essential that the parent protects the health of their child’s feet. Ensuring proper foot health will help the child grow up with strong, functional feet. This is critical to overall wellbeing and health. However, certain deformities in children’s feet can complicate the health of their feet. Specifically, clubfoot, or congenital talipes equinovarus, is the most obvious deformity that can develop in children. This condition is defined by an awkward and unnatural positioning of the feet where the foot is turned in and resembles the head of a golf club. Importantly, there are three different types or tiers, of this condition. If you are someone that is caring for a newborn baby with this ailment, please consider contacting a podiatrist who can offer you medical advice that can help you to care for your child.
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 New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. 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 office located in Oradell, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.