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Children’s Footwear


Proper footwear is important for your child's general foot health. Children's foot bones are soft cartilage in the first few years of life, so they need space to grow naturally. Ignoring foot health can also lead to leg and back problems later in life. Going barefoot sometimes can help with natural development, shoes are necessary for warmth, protection, and support. When buying shoes, measure your child's feet regularly and ensure there's enough room for their feet to grow. Ignore marked shoe sizes and focus on inner length measurements, which is the measurement of the inside of the shoe from the toe to heel. It is normal for shoes to look big on toddlers, as their feet grow rapidly. Look for shoes that are foot-shaped, breathable, flexible, and have a back, regardless of the season. Remember, every pair of shoes is important in shaping your child's foot health for life. If you are a parent and want to ensure that your child’s footwear is best for their foot health, it is suggested that you take your child to a podiatrist for an exam, proper foot measurement, and discussion of what type of shoes would best suit your child’s feet for healthy growth.

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 Columbus Podiatry & Surgery. Our podiatrists 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 Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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