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The Introduction of Shoes for Babies

The question of when babies should start wearing shoes is a consideration that aligns with their developmental milestones. As a general guideline, infants typically are barefoot in their early months, allowing their delicate feet to explore and develop naturally. Shoes are introduced when babies begin to take their first steps, usually at the age of nine to 12 months. At this stage, shoes provide protection and support for those wobbly steps, aiding in balance and preventing potential injuries. Prioritizing shoes that are lightweight, flexible, and properly fitted is vital, ensuring the natural growth and formation of the feet. Soft-soled shoes with room for toes to move are recommended, promoting proper foot development. As children gradually transition to more stable steps, selecting shoes that accommodate their newfound mobility becomes an essential consideration for their comfort, safety, and continued healthy foot development. If you would like more information about what type of first shoes to buy for your child, it is suggested that you consult 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 Afsha Naimat-Shahzad, DPM of Leander Foot & Ankle. 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 office located in Leander, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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