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Choosing a Toddler’s First Walking Shoes

Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Most experts recommend letting babies go barefoot until they are getting ready to walk. However, finding the right shoes for their first steps can be confusing. The first concern is choosing the right size shoes for your toddler’s feet, and with an increase in age, the shoe size may change frequently. One way to determine the correct size is by inserting the pinky finger between the heel of the shoe and the child’s ankle. It should be snug. Then press the tip of the shoe while the baby is standing. There should be about half an inch of space. Next, choose shoes that are made of lightweight materials and are flexible. Shoes that are easy to put on and take off are desired, along with washability. It is thought that toddlers will need a new pair of shoes every two to three months. Hand-me-down shoes are discouraged as each child has a different foot structure. For additional guidance on choosing walking shoes for your child, it is suggested that you make an appointment 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 Dr. Robbi Young of Grand Haven 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 Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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