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Baby Feet Shape

If you are a new parent, then you are likely familiar with the importance of caring for your child’s feet and ensuring that they are growing or developing appropriately. One thing that might be a source of confusion among new parents is what your baby’s foot shape is supposed to look like. Importantly, by the time a baby reaches 2 years of age, you might be able to discern what their natural foot shape will be. Babies inherit the shape of their feet from their parents, and the baby will likely exhibit one of three different shape types. First, the baby might have a tapered foot shape where the big toe is the longest toe. Second, a baby might have what is known as a rounded foot shape, where the second and third toes are actually the longest, being longer than the first. Third, the foot might be a square shape, where all of the toes in the feet are about the same length. For more information about what your baby’s feet are supposed to look like, contact a podiatrist today and schedule an appointment. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Philip K. Schrumpf, DPM of Active Feet Clinic. 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 Missoula, MT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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