Your Children’s Feet
West Vancouver Foot Clinic Is An Authority on Pediatric Foot Care
Many of the foot ailments that we suffer from in adulthood, like other bodily ailments, have their origins in childhood and are present at birth. In order to minimize these problems in later life, periodic professional attention and regular foot care is recommended. Consultation with a podiatrist will help in resolving these related problems.
Your Baby’s Feet
The human foot is one of the most complicated parts of the body, with 26 bones that are laced with ligaments, muscles, blood vessels and nerves. The feet of young children are soft and pliable, therefore abnormal pressure can easily cause deformities. During the first year of life, a child’s feet grow very rapidly, reaching almost half their adult foot size. This is why the first year is considered to be the most important in the development of the feet.
When Your Baby Starts To Walk
It is unwise to force your child to walk. When your child first begins to walk, it is not necessary for them to wear shoes indoors. Allowing your child to go barefoot or to wear socks helps the foot to grow normally and to develop its musculature and strength, as well as the grasping action of the toes.
As They Grow Up
Although foot problems result mainly from injury, deformity, illness or hereditary factors, improper footwear can aggravate pre-existing 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 a Podiatrist may detect an underlying defect or condition which may require immediate treatment or consultation with other specialist.
Sports and Your Child
Millions of children participate in individual and team sports. As a parent you should be concerned about your child’s involvement in 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. Sports related foot and ankle injuries are on the rise as more children actively participate in sports. As parents, you should seek the advice of a Podiatrist if you have children participating in such activities.