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Development of Children's Feet

Babies’ feet look like smaller versions of adult feet, however, that is where the similarities end. When babies are born, bones will gradually replace the cartilage as they begin to use their feet while crawling and walking. The foot shape and structure will start to form during the first six months and the foot size will increase by three times before their first birthday. Several joints and 26 bones will form to comprise the adult foot and this process is generally completed by the age of 18. It is beneficial for the child to walk barefoot while indoors as this can help to strengthen the entire foot. When it is time for the first pair of shoes to be purchased, a good choice is shoes that are flexible and supportive. Many parents notice their children are bow-legged or lean toward walking on their tip toes. This is normal and walking will gradually strengthen the feet to be able to stand normally. If you would like additional information about how your child’s feet develop, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Jon McCreary, DPM of Fort Worth Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Fort Worth, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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