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Proper Foot Care for Toddlers

The importance of teaching children during their early years about a good foot care routine may be crucial in preventing painful foot conditions as they get older. This can begin with washing and drying the feet daily, and it can help to apply a small amount of powder to their feet. Toddler’s feet may sweat more when they are younger, and this may help to keep them drier. It is beneficial that their feet and toes are kept warm, which may be helpful in maintaining body temperature. A baby’s foot can become stronger when they walk barefoot while indoors. This can be a result of the toes gripping the floor, which can benefit the entire foot. When the first shoes are purchased, it is helpful they are made of flexible materials in addition to having a sturdy sole. This can protect the feet while walking on various surfaces while outside. Some parents may notice an odor that comes from their child’s feet, and medical attention may be sought. It might be indicative that a fungal infection has developed, which can be a common occurrence from the 250,000 sweat glands that are found in the feet. If you would like to have more information about the health of your child’s feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who will provide you with useful knowledge.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of ABC Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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