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Choosing a Toddler’s First Walking Shoes

Most experts recommend letting babies go barefoot until they are getting ready to walk. However, finding the right shoes for their first steps can be confusing. The first concern is choosing the right size shoes for your toddler’s feet, and with an increase in age, the shoe size may change frequently. One way to determine the correct size is by inserting the pinky finger between the heel of the shoe and the child’s ankle. It should be snug. Then press the tip of the shoe while the baby is standing. There should be about half an inch of space. Next, choose shoes that are made of lightweight materials and are flexible. Shoes that are easy to put on and take off are desired, along with washability. It is thought that toddlers will need a new pair of shoes every two to three months. Hand-me-down shoes are discouraged as each child has a different foot structure. For additional guidance on choosing walking shoes for your child, 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 one of our podiatrists of Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 offices located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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