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The Three Foot Shapes

Babies' feet grow rapidly in their early years. An infant’s foot has 22 bones, and the remaining bones will form by the time the child reaches age five. Prior to this, babies’ feet are made of soft cartilage, and it is important that their first shoe is made of pliable materials. It is beneficial to have your child crawl and walk barefoot while indoors, and this is beneficial in keeping the foot strong. When your child is two years old, they will have a distinctive foot shape, either tapered, square, or round. These shapes are easy to notice, as the toes will be in a square formation when they are all the same length. Many patients’ second or third toe is the longest, and this is characteristic of the rounded shape. When the biggest toe is the longest, this generally falls into the tapered shape category. There are many things to know about children’s foot health, and if you would like additional information, please 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 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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