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Facts About Children's Feet

Children's feet, delightful in their petite size, are fascinating in their own right. At birth, a baby's foot bones are mostly cartilage and do not fully ossify until several years later. Another interesting fact is that infants often have a natural ability to grasp with their toes, a trait that gradually diminishes as they start walking. As children explore the world on their feet, the arches of their feet, initially flat, gradually develop over time. Surprisingly, toddlers can have as many as 44 more bones in their feet than adults, until their bones fuse as they grow. Additionally, children's feet are remarkably resilient, often bouncing back quickly from minor injuries. If you have identified potential problems related to your child's feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact James Pak, DPM of California. 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 Anaheim, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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