The journey from childhood to adulthood is marked by numerous transformations, and the evolution of your feet is no exception. Children's feet, characterized by their pliability and cartilage dominance, are more susceptible to external influences. Their arches may appear flat, and the bones are still developing. As children age, these structures solidify, forming the more defined arches and shapes typical of adult feet. Moreover, the fat pads on children's feet provide natural cushioning, while adults may experience thinning of these pads over time. The growth patterns and proportions differ significantly, with children's feet being relatively wider in comparison to their length. Recognizing these distinctions is vital for selecting appropriate footwear and addressing potential concerns in either developmental stage. If you would like additional knowledge about how adult and children’s feet vary, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.
The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of InStride Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
- Make sure their shoes fit properly
- Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
- Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
- Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
- Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
- Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
- Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
- Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.