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Common Foot Problems of Children

As babies grow and begin to walk, their gait may at first seem awkward while developing strength and learning to maintain their balance. By about 18 months, parents may wish to watch their child’s gait and notice any problems that may need attention. Common foot problems in children are bow legs, knock knees, and flat feet. Other potential foot problems include in-toeing, out-toeing, and tiptoe walking. Many of these tendencies are normal in toddlers and often self-correct between the ages of 6 and 8 years old. One of the best ways to keep your child’s foot development on track is by providing proper footwear. It is essential that shoes and socks are the correct sizes. A child’s foot grows rapidly, which may mean replacing shoes and socks often. For more information on the common foot problems of children, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Leonard Talarico, DPM of Georgia. Our doctor 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 Pooler, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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