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Baby Foot Care

Feet are critical parts of everyone’s body and babies are certainly no exception. If you are caring for a baby, there are several steps that you can take to ensure that their feet are healthy and taken care of. First, baby feet should not be physically restrained or restricted because physical activity and movement are what enable the baby’s feet to grow and develop. For example, when a baby kicks their feet, they are developing muscles in their feet. Second, ensure that any foot coverings your baby is wearing fit correctly. If your baby is wearing socks or booties when they are taken outside in cold weather, it might be smart to check regularly that they are not too tight. A baby’s body grows and develops at an astounding rate. Therefore, what fits a baby’s feet one month may not fit next month. Third, it can also be wise to regularly wash your baby’s feet to make sure that they are perfectly clean. However, if you do give your baby a foot bath be sure to completely dry their feet. If the feet are not dried properly, they could become soggy, which might create complications. If you are taking care of a baby, do not take any chances with the health of their feet. Contact your podiatrist for more tips and tricks about caring for baby feet.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. 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 Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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