Your Children's Feet in Sugar Land
You worry about your children's teeth, eyes, and other parts of his/her
body. You teach washing, brushing, and grooming, but what do you do about
your child's feet--those still developing feet, which have to carry
the entire weight of the body through a lifetime?
Many adult foot ailments have their origins in childhood and are present
at birth. Periodic professional attention and regular foot care can minimize
these problems in later life. youngster with troublesome feet walks awkwardly
and usually has poor general posture. As a result, these problems.
Your Baby's Feet
The human foot -- one of the most complicated parts of the body --has 26
bones, and is laced with ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves.
Because the feet of young children are soft and pliable, abnormal pressure
can easily cause deformities.
A child's feet grow rapidly during the first year, reaching almost
half their adult foot size. This is why foot specialists consider the
first year to be the most important in the development of the feet.
Here are some suggestions to help you assure that this development proceeds normally:
- Look carefully at your baby's feet. If you notice something that does
not look normal to you, seek professional care immediately. Deformities
will not be outgrown by themselves.
- Cover baby's feet loosely. Tight covers restrict movement and can retard
- Provide an opportunity for exercising the feet. Lying uncovered enables
the baby to kick and perform other related motions which prepare the feet
Starting to Walk
It is unwise to force a child to walk. When physically and emotionally
ready, the child will walk. Comparisons with other children are misleading,
since the age for independent walking ranges from 10 to 18 months. surfaces,
babies' feet should be protected in lightweight, flexible footwear.
No need to purchase expensive shoes. The shoes should only provide a covering
for the foot, and normally do NOT need to support the arch or ankle. If
the feet are normal, these structures will develop normally as the child
walks. A flexible sole is better than a hard sole. High-top ankle supporting
shoes are not advised.
As a child's feet continue to develop, it may be necessary to change
shoe and sock size every few months to allow room for the feet to grow.
Although foot problems result mainly from injury, deformity, illness,
or hereditary factors, improper footwear can aggravate preexisting conditions.
Shoes or other footwear should never be handed down.
The feet of young children are often unstable because of muscle problems
which make walking difficult or uncomfortable. A thorough examination
by one of our doctors may detect an underlying defect or condition which
may necessitate treatment.
Remember that lack of complaint by a youngster is not a reliable sign.
The bones of growing feet are so flexible that they can be twisted and
distorted without the child being aware of it.
Millions of American children participate in team and individual sports.
Of particular concern are sports that require a substantial amount of
running and turning, or involve contact. Protective taping of the ankles
is often necessary to prevent sprains or fractures. Parents should consider
discussing these matters with one of our doctors if they have children
participating in active sports.