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Tips for Children’s Foot Development

In the early years of childhood foot development, your child’s feet are extremely flexible and it is very important to give them plenty of room to grow and move for proper development to take place.


The following tips will help ensure proper development and prevent other problems from occurring or worsening:


  • Avoid tight shoes and socks—Unrestricted movement of the feet, toes, and ankles is essential for proper growth and development. Cover the feet with a light breathable material if necessary for protection.
  • Let your baby go barefoot while indoors—This will help to strengthen the toes and feet for eventual weight bearing activity. Once your child is walking, it is also important to encourage walking on bare feet or with socks to develop the musculature and increase the strength of the toes and feet.
  • Proper shoe fitting—When your child starts wearing shoes, it is important to change them regularly to ensure a proper fit during this rapid growth period. During the first few years, your child may need new footwear every few months or so. Since shoes mold to the wearer’s feet, it is best not to use second hand or worn out shoes.
  • Foot inspection—Check your child’s feet regularly for injuries or abnormalities. Some children have a limited sensation of feeling in the feet while they are in the flexible stage, so it is important to look out for problems.


Some foot conditions like intoeing and flat feet may also be noticed, and should be brought to the attention of your foot doctor, especially if the condition worsens or appears to only be affecting one leg. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

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