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Children’s Footwear

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 00:00

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.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact William Urton, DPM of British Columbia. 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 Langley, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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