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Y:\Clearwater Marketing\Webpower Video\Webpower Stock Photos\childrens-feet.jpgMany toddlers who are learning how to walk tend to walk on their tip toes. Although most toddlers transition to walking on their whole foot by the age of three, some do not. There are certain neurological conditions that could prevent a toddler from walking on his foot. Conditions such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy may tighten the calf muscle or change the way it works. However not all children who walk on their toes have a neurological problem. Some toddlers who are completely healthy still choose to walk on their toes; this is called idiopathic toe walking. This condition affects 5% to 12% of healthy children and its causes are unknown.

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in 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 from birth to school-age.

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 of 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 one of our offices located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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When it comes to health care, many older adults often overlook taking care of their feet. The elderly are prone to foot problems that can include itching and burning feet due to dry skin, bunions, thickened skin due to calluses and corns, hammertoes, toenail problems, and heel pain. To combat and prevent these issues, older adults should moisturize their feet and apply lotion every day, wear shoes that fit their feet better, consider over-the-counter medication to alleviate pain, and use toenail clippers specifically for toenails to prevent ingrown toenails. 

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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