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Problems that can occur to childrens feet
The vast majority of foot ailments begin during childhood. With due care and attention, most of these problems may be avoided. Our feet do a huge amount of work throughout our live's, therefore it makes sense to care for them in the early stages as an investment for the future.
A baby has a triangular shaped foot that is shorter and wider than an adults. At birth the twenty six bones in the foot are made of cartilage, which along with ligaments, tendons, blood vessels and nerves , make up the adult foot. So their bones have not yet formed and are made of pliable cartilage thus making them very susceptible to damage.
As time passes the cartilage turns to bone. The foot will grow in spurts and will not reach it's full size until late teens.
Most children will start to walk between 10-18 months. It is important not to force a child before he or she is ready. Shoes are unnecessary in the early stages. Hosiery and sleepsuits should have enough room so as not to cramp these delicate feet; but are better avoided if possible. Always check one piece sleepsuits as continual washing and wear can cause shringkage and so affect the feet. Keep bed clothes loose-fitting so that they are not restricted. If possible the feet should be left uncovered while indoors and the surroundings are safe. It is worth noting that barefoot walking is natural and allows the foot to develop and strengthen. You don't catch colds or chills through your feet but don't let you child walk barefoot in dirty areas where they are at risk of infection or injury.
Once your child has started walking, they are ready for their first shoes. Ensure that their feet are properly measured using recognised shoe fitters. There is always a copy of the Child Foot Health register available in the surgery. This publication shows which shoe-shops have a specialist fitter available. The shoe should be the shape of the foot, made of soft leather and with good support of a buckle, velcro strap or lace.
Most babies appear flat footed at first but this usually disappears as they get older and the fatty pad on the instep reduces. As they develop the feet and legs will change in appearance, often going from bandy to knock-knee'd. Again, this usually changes as they get older. You should continue to check shoe and sock size every few weeks as it can be alarming how quickly things can change. Children often can't feel damage being done, so inspect their feet at bath time.
The way a child walks can say a lot about whether there are any problems. If you are concerned consult the Podiatrist for an examination. It isn't unusual for us to treat children as young as 1 or 2 years of age. You really only have until a child is 7 years of age to correct any problems, as at that point the foot will have developed considerably. If necessary the Podiatrist will be able to prescribe exercises or supply orthotics which will help improve foot function. It is the usual system at this practice that we will perform an initial examination, but if very serious problems are detected we prefer to refer to a specialist who spends a great deal of his time dealing with children's foot problems.