Baby & children’s foot care starts the moment they are born, when the Paediatrician checks those little wrinkled feet for any abnormalities. There are things you can do to continue to care and make sure your baby’s feet grow strong and healthy.
The most important is to be observant. Check your babies feet whenever you give him/her a bath. They should have a healthy colour, and the toes and ankles should be flexible. Her legs may look a little bowlegged, but the soft cartilage turns harder as she grows, and her legs will straighten out. Problems like extra or webbed toes, club feet, rotation in the hips or knees, or nerve problems will have been discovered by delivery room staff, but you will probably be the first one to notice future problems such as in-toeing or out-toeing, toe walking, or knock knees. These will likely resolve on their own, but mention them during wellness visits to see whether they need special treatment.
Baby’s feet need room to wiggle, so don’t cramp them in tight socks or shoes. If you do put anything on his or her feet, make sure it is lightweight, breathable, and not stiff or structured. The best way for your baby to develop strong feet is to let them move about freely. Barefoot is best when learning to walk. They only need protective shoes when the surface they are walking on may be dangerous, and even then they need to be fairly flexible—not stiff-soled.
You will probably notice that her feet look “flat” and have full contact with the floor. This is normal, because of extra fat padding, and because a formed arch does not appear until after she is walking. If the arches are still flat after 5 or 6 years of age, or if the feet are rigid and painful, give us a call. We can evaluate your child’s feet and let you know whether treatment is necessary.
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