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Differences Between Children and Adult Feet

Children’s feet may look like smaller versions of adult feet, but that is where the similarity ends. There are interesting facts about children’s feet, such as it takes approximately 19 years for full development, and 80 percent of children’s foot growth happens between the heel and the ball of the foot. Additionally, the growth rate of a child's foot is approximately six inches in the first 10 years of life. A baby’s foot is considered to be more fragile than an adult's foot, as it contains more cartilage than bone. It is important for parents to buy shoes for their children that fit correctly and are frequently changed to accommodate their rapidly growing feet. If you would like to have more knowledge about children’s and baby's feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have. 

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Glenn Aufseeser, DPM of Lakewood Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctor 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 Lakewood and Manchester Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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