Prioritizing Your Child's Foot Care
Dr. William Sachs of Adult & Child Footcare in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, provides his patients with reliable podiatric care. He even has tips for parents on how they should take care of their children's feet.
Development of Children's Feet
The bones in baby's feet are made of soft, flexible cartilage that ossify over time, only fully developing during a person's late teens. Baby's feet appear to be flat but take shape at about age two.
You should inspect your baby's feet for anything unusual. Identifying problems early means treating/correcting abnormalities, early enough to ensure you child's feet can continue developing as normally and healthily as possible. Another issue to look out for is lingering toe-walking, which is when a child walks exclusively on their toes after age two. You need to speak with your Toms River or Shrewsbury podiatrist as soon as possible if this is something you've noticed.
How Should I Care for My Children's Feet?
There are hygienic protocols to maintain as well. Cut toenails straight across, like you would do for yourself, to prevent ingrown toenails and infection. Keep feet clean and dry to prevent bacterial and fungal infections. If you think that your child may have some sort of infection, contact your podiatrist for help in either office.
What Does Proper Maintenance Consist Of?
- Let your child spend time without shoes to exercise the muscles.
- Use cotton or wool socks to keep your baby's feet warm.
- Make sure socks, bedding, shoes, and sleepsuits are all the right size and give your child's feet plenty of space to move.
- Wash your toddler's feet and dry them thoroughly.
- Use talcum powder to keep feet dry and healthy, especially between toes, but make sure that it doesn't clump up.
- Cut toenails straight across.
- Buy well-fitting shoes to prevent blisters, corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails.
When Can My Child Start Wearing Shoes?
Your child needs shoes when they're ready to walk outside. Other than that, let your child walk barefoot indoors so that their feet can develop and strengthen without restriction.
Who Should You Call?
Dr. William Sachs of Adult & Child Footcare in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, can help with pediatric foot care. Just contact your podiatrist at (732) 255-7070 (Toms River) or (732) 389-2555 (Shrewsbury) for more information or to make an appointment.