The health of your child’s feet is as important as all the rest of his or her body. Often, foot problems that occur later in life stem from issues that were first present during childhood but were not diagnosed or treated. At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic, we believe in making the best foot care possible available to families in the Oklahoma City area and that’s why we think it’s important for you to check your child’s feet regularly and to keep the following tips in mind:
- Before a child’s first birthday, the size and shape of a baby’s foot changes rapidly. Make sure your infant has the opportunity to stretch and kick their feet without restriction. Do not dress your infant in very tight socks or shoes because the shape of his or her still-forming foot can be damaged.
- Allow toddlers to walk when they are ready. Forcing a child to take his or her first steps prematurely can cause injury or damage to the feet.
- Once a child is walking, well-fitting footwear is needed. In children, shoe sizes need to be checked frequently as they often do literally grow out of them overnight.
- Although especially difficult to detect in small children, be on the lookout for any irregularities in your child’s feet. Gait problems are normal in toddlers learning to walk but if you observe excessive in-toeing or out-toeing, flatfeet, or if your child seems to be in pain when standing or walking, contact our office for a pediatric podiatric consultation.
Early detection of pediatric foot issues is the key to preventing future problems or deformities. Dr. Bil Buksh will perform a thorough examination of your child’s feet and take a complete health history, as some foot problems are hereditary. In many cases children will simply outgrow a foot problem but in some instances corrective shoes, orthotics, or night braces may be needed. By the age of 8, the bone structure of your child’s feet is well formed. Request an appointment for either our Edmond or Norman office through our website and put your child on the path to a lifetime of healthy feet.