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By Clark Podiatry Center
September 20, 2017
Tags: intoeing   bowlegged  

Every milestone that your baby achieves can feel like a miracle. However, with information overload from books, the Internet, and other parents, each new step can also feel daunting. What are the right things for parents to be doing to help promote their growth and development? Should babies be protected from harm or should they learn by trial and error?

In the case of babies that are transitioning from being immobile, to sitting, crawling (or maybe they’ll skip this), standing, and eventually, walking, there are many opinions about how babies should be handled. The following are some do’s and don’ts from a podiatric standpoint:

Do:

  • Allow them to go at their own pace. Each child is going to have his/her own pace of development. Forcing a child to try to sit or stand before (s)he is ready can be dangerous because of lack of muscle development. Babies will learn to keep their head up, roll from back to front, etc. as their muscles allow them to. The baby steps of muscle development can help them move to the next positions.
  • See what your baby can do, but only with your support and supervision. Does your baby like to “stand” while you support under the armpits? Contrary to some myths, this will not necessarily cause your baby to have bowlegs. If they cannot stand “standing”, their legs will give way and they will stop standing (which is why you should always be supporting and supervising).
  • Allow your baby to learn to walk on their bare feet at home. It helps with developing balance and coordination, which rigid shoes can prevent. Also, their exposed toes can also help them grip the floor.
  • Pay attention to the way that they walk or stand. If you notice that they are bowlegged, intoeing, or walking on their tiptoes, check to see if things get worse or not. Many children may start out walking this way, but can outgrow them as their legs and feet continue to develop.

Don’t:

  • Don’t let children walk around barefoot outside or in the cold. As long as they are flexible and can grip slippery surfaces, shoes are better than going barefoot in public places since they can pick up diseases or accidentally cut their feet when not at home.
  • Don’t use a walking assistant or a walker device to teach babies how to walk. These devices can support and encourage walking while they strengthen lower leg muscles, but they do not strengthen upper leg muscles or hip muscles. In essence they are not supporting their own weight, so they do not learn to properly walk on their own.

If you have further questions about your baby’s development with regards to their feet and standing or walking, it’s best to consult our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. If you are concerned that your toddler has walking issues and has not grown out of them by the age of 3, they may need some additional support and treatment. We are here for you at Clark Podiatry Center and The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office.

By Clark Podiatry Center
November 16, 2016
Tags: intoeing   bowlegs  

As children begin to walk, their strides and postures may worry new parents. In their novice stages of walking, babies will show all kinds of characteristics, like waddling, standing or walking on tiptoes, or having bowlegs. Don’t worry though, because most of this can be normal in the early stages of walking.

Below are some things you may notice, and why they happen:

  • Bowlegs: Because of the small space in the womb, babies have an innate bowleg structure. When they begin to walk, they look more bowlegged because they bend their knees to support their weight. However, as toddlers walk and grow, the legs should straighten. If there is severe bowleggedness, talk to our podiatrist.
  • No heel strike (improper gait): The normal gait is as follows: heel, middle of foot and ball of foot, and then lift off the toes. However, most babies begin by landing on flat feet, which many babies are born with. As they walk and form stronger muscles in the feet, their arches will begin to form and their gait will change.
  • Intoeing: You may have heard this more commonly as “pigeon toeing”. If leg bones or feet bones are curved inward, your child is more likely to walk with their toes pointing inward instead of straight ahead. They may grow out of it and the bones may straighten. For severe cases, children may need corrective inserts or shoes.
  • Knock Knees: With this condition, when your child is standing with legs together, knees will touch, but ankles may not. It is a developmental issue that can resolve on its own by about age 5-7, and should not cause pain or issues for running or playing depending on severity. Our podiatrist can assess this issue for you.
  • Walking on Tiptoes: Many babies have a short Achilles tendon from birth. The toes have a tendency to be pointed down as a relaxed state, so when they begin to learn or stand, your baby may often exhibit tiptoeing behavior. As they get stronger and stretch the Achilles tendon, this issue should correct and heels should touch the ground. However, if your child never puts feet down, it may be a more severe issue and a doctor needs to be seen.
  • Curly Toes: If your children have toes that seem to curl toward the big toe or downward with the toenail facing or touching the ground, they may have curly toes. This happens due to deformity in tendons or bone structure. Many times there is no pain, but toenails may also be deformed and cause pain. Taping the toes straight may help, but some require further treatment by our podiatrist.

As a new parent, it can be stressful to think that there might be something wrong in a child’s development. That’s why we are here for you at Clark Podiatry Center and The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy uses the latest technologies in foot care to take care of you and your family. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office



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