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Fascinating Facts About Children's Feet

Children's feet are amazing structures that undergo significant development and growth, making them quite intriguing. A baby's foot at birth contains only cartilage and gradually ossifies into bone over time.  As they grow, the arches of their feet start forming at approximately age two and continue developing into early adulthood. Surprisingly, children have about twice as many foot sweat glands as adults, but their sweat does not develop an odor until puberty. The skin on a child's foot is also very delicate, making them susceptible to injuries and conditions such as warts and athlete's foot. It is important to encourage barefoot play to promote healthy development. A podiatrist can provide you with knowledge about children’s feet, and it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor if you would like to learn more.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Granite State Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Manchester and Bedford, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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