Many new parents often ask podiatrists how frequently they should be buying their children new shoes. The answer to this question is closely related to the speed at which a child’s feet are supposed to grow. It is important to note that the first three years of a baby’s life witness the fastest growth of their feet. Due to this quick rate of growth, a parent might purchase a new, slightly larger pair of shoes for their baby every three to four weeks. However, the frequency with which new shoes are purchased will slowly decrease as the child ages. Importantly, once a child reaches the age of fourteen, it is generally thought that their feet will more or less stop growing. At this point, a parent need not continue purchasing larger shoes. If you are a parent and seek advice on taking care of your children’s feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for an appointment.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact the foot specialists of NYC Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Upper West Side, NYC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.