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A growing number of experts believe that wearing shoes has a negative impact on a growing child’s foot, and there is research to support it. An analysis of 11 studies published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, shows that shoes do affect a child’s gait.

Authors argued that when a child wears shoes, they walk faster by taking longer steps, affecting their ankle and knee movements. Footwear ultimately reduces motion, absorbs shock, and encourages a pattern of landing on the heel. At birth, the foot actually contains no bones, and isn’t fully developed until the later teenage years. Wearing big, bulky shoes during childhood may hinder the natural motion of walking, therefore causing later effects on the bones and muscles that could be damaging.

It’s important that infants have good foot care. If you are a parent and need help getting your infant new shoes, see podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can examine your infant’s feet and advise you about what size and style of footwear to look for.

Fitting Shoes for Infants

Taking care of a baby to ensure proper development is highly important and necessary to make sure that they grow up to be healthy and happy. Finding shoes for infants may be tricky for new parents because it is a new experience for everyone involved. Also, since infants cannot speak, they cannot tell you which one feels best, which hurts, and which styles they like more. Although often crying is a signal for them being unhappy, it is still difficult to know what fits.

Since their feet are so tiny, it might be easier to go around a store and try to see which shoes fit them best. Most infant shoes are very soft and you will not have to worry about fancy laces or intricate shoe designs. For infants, all that matters is that they are warm, well-protected and comfortable so that they can grow properly.

Once a baby is able to stand or start walking after they pass their crawling phase, it is important to change their shoes as often as they grow.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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