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By Clark Podiatry Center
April 01, 2019

If you’ve just become a new parent, life has suddenly become full of wonderful surprises. Making sure your child grows up happy and healthy will be one of your priorities and keeping track of your child’s foot health is important. So, what can you expect?

Unlike an adult’s, a newborn’s feet will be much more padded and flexible allowing for the growth of bones and muscles. A baby’s feet are often blue, wrinkled and peeling having been inside the mother’s womb covered in amniotic fluid. Do not fret, though. They will naturally begin to pinken as they get warm.

Things to look for:

  • Proper Hip structure – making sure the hips are not dislocated.
  • Neurological response – the pediatrician will tickle the soles to see if the infant responds.
  • Clubfoot – abnormally small feet with toes pointed inward.
  • Metatarsus adductus or ‘C’ foot – a condition where the big toe points toward the other foot.
  • Extra toes – a common occurrence that is easily remedied with surgery.
  • Web feet – also a common occurrence remedied with surgery.

While all the above are possible, they are not automatic, so don’t be alarmed. Your podiatrist is specifically trained to assess and treat where needed.

While it is fine to look forward to seeing your child take their first step, don’t be too anxious. Each child will develop on their own and rushing them could set back their efforts.  Most children don’t start walking until they are 8 to 18 months old. Until then, it is important for them to be able to stretch their legs and move their toes. It is perfectly fine for toddlers to go barefoot as they refine their balance, posture, and coordination. Very important is the transfer of information from the soles of the child’s feet to their brain.

When it comes to shoes, a child’s feet should be professionally measured for length and width. It is not uncommon for shoe sizes to change every few months as feet will grow rapidly in the first few years. This is the beginning of a new chapter in your life. Enjoy it.

If you have any concerns with your child’s feet or their development or any other foot concerns, please make an appointment with us.  Our podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.



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