Many feet and ankle problems adults face today started when they were children and have been building over time. Because of this, it’s important to pay attention to the health of your children’s feet to ensure they have comfort and proper care for years to come.

The foot doctors at Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists are here to assist and share six important tips on how to set your child’s feet up for long-term success!

  1. Teach kids the importance of wearing special shoes early on. Ensuring they wear braces, casts, orthotics, splints, or other gear appropriately will prepare them for good health.
  2. Provide them with the right shoes for any activities they participate in. When your child plays a sport, they should have comfortable, supportive, well-fitting athletic shoes. This will help prevent any injuries and future issues.
  3. Frequently check in and make sure your child isn’t outgrowing their shoes. Because kids grow rapidly, it’s common for their feet to size up and no longer fit comfortably in their everyday shoes. Babies’ feet are especially delicate and still forming. Make sure their shoes aren’t restrictive and allow them to kick and stretch easily.
  4. Encourage your child to let you know if they’re experiencing any pain or discomfort in their feet, ankles, or legs. Similarly, if they are limping, staying off of their feet, or you see any blisters or lesions, ask them about it. Always contact your podiatrist as soon as possible to address the issue. Never underestimate foot pain.
  5. Learning about daily foot care is important. Let your kids know they should wash their feet daily, including in between their toes, and dry thoroughly.
  6. Never force your child to walk earlier than they’re able. Kids walk when they’re ready. If your toddler has unusual walking habits (like walking on their toes or with their feet pointed in or out), know that this will likely change as they get comfortable on their feet. If you don’t notice a change, call your podiatrist.

At Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are committed to providing specialized, compassionate services for our patients. Melissa Robitaille, DPM, and Todd Newsom, DPM, offer treatments for various foot and ankle disorders with leading-edge technology. Contact our office in Chatham County at (912) 988-3323 to make an appointment today.

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