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Three Foot Shapes

Monday, 02 September 2019 00:00

Many parents often notice their infants feet are made of cartilage that is flexible and soft. Additionally, the feet may appear to be flat, and this is a result of an arch that has not yet formed. The feet will become stronger as walking begins, and will become fully developed when the child is in their teenage years. Research has indicated that there are three foot shapes that are inherited from their parents. If the big toe is the longest toe, it is considered to be a tapered foot. Rounded foot shapes occur if the middle toes are longer than the rest of the toes. If the toes are the same length, the foot shape is known to be square. It is important that toddlers walk barefoot while indoors, as this is instrumental in developing the overall strength of the foot. If you would like additional information about how to care for your child’s feet, please 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 one of our podiatrists of Piedmont Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Cary, Apex, Dunn, and Benson, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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