Table of Contents
Why Your Child's Foot Care Is Important
Your Baby's Feet
Possible Foot Care
Your Toddler's Feet
When Foot Care Is Needed
During a foot exam, the doctor will watch your toddler walk. If a gait problem exists,
the doctor works to identify its cause.
- To help with severe flat feet, special shoes or orthoses (custom-made shoe inserts) may be prescribed.
- To correct mild toeing-in, your toddler may need to sit in a different position while playing or watching TV.
- If your child’s feet turn in or out a lot, corrective shoes, splints, or night braces may be prescribed. Wearing these devices can help the foot as it grows.
Your Child's Active Feet
The foot’s bone structure is pretty well formed by the time your child reaches age 7 or 8. But if a growth plate (the area where bone growth begins) is injured, the damaged plate may cause the bone to grow oddly. With a doctor’s care, however, the risk of future bone problems is reduced. An x-ray can show damage to a bone growth plate.
When To Call the Doctor
Treating An Injury
If The Shoe Fits
For Fit Feet
Pay attention to your child’s feet and the shoes you put them in. Remember the tips below:
- Check your child’s shoe size often. Make sure there is space between the toes and the end of the shoe. Wearing shoes that are too small cramps the foot. This may affect foot function.
- Don’t let your child wear hand-me-down shoes. Because most shoes mold to the foot, wearing hand-me-downs can affect the shape of your child’s feet.