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By San Francisco, CA Podiatrist
September 08, 2014
Category: Children's Feet

Pediatric Foot CareHere in the East Bay, family fun is never more than a few miles away—whether you’re checking out the animals at the Oakland Zoo or checking out the universe at the Chabot Space and Science Center. However, restrictive footwear, pigeon toes, and other foot and shoe problems can stop a little explorer in his or her tracks. Here’s some handy tips for keeping children’s lower limbs healthy and happy:

Kids’ feet are quite different from adult feet. Young children have much softer and more flexible bones than grown-ups. Infants also have a distinct foot shape—compared to adults, they have curlier toes, a relatively wider forefoot, and a skinnier heel. It can take up to 8 years for the bones in your child’s foot to become fully grown and rigid.

Once your child is walking, you’ll need to invest in a good pair of shoes and boots (for outdoor walking, at least—barefoot is still best in a clean, safe home). Children need a lot of room to grow naturally, so as soon as shoes and socks start to look even a little bit tight, it’s time to buy a larger size. Never use hand-me-down footwear—shoes already molded to someone else’s foot shape can be uncomfortable and cause blistering.

Because children have less sensitive feet than adults, they may not complain even if they are experiencing unusual pressure, friction, or even twisting, so it’s up to you to check regularly for trouble signs. Trim their nails straight across to help avoid ingrown toenails, and teach your children to point their toes straight ahead when walking, as poor alignment can weaken feet and lead to other issues later. Don’t worry too much about flat-footedness unless it appears to be causing problems—because their bones are still soft, kids’ arches often disappear when standing or walking. This provides a more stable base of support for young walkers with still-developing legs.

Kids’ feet are precious and require careful attention. If you do detect any problems with your little one’s lower limbs, contact Dr. Michael Stein and the team at Foot Doctor of the East Bay as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Most childhood conditions are easily correctible if caught early enough. You can contact our San Leandro office at (510) 483-3390, Pleasanton at (925) 425-9684, or Los Gatos, CA at (408) 356-6767. We look forward to serving you and your family.

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