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Adult Feet Versus Children's Feet

Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

As we explore the realm of podiatry, the disparities between adult and children's feet unfold like chapters in an evolutionary narrative. Adults, with fully developed skeletal structures, boast arches that have endured the test of time, providing stability and balance. In contrast, children's feet can be likened to blank canvases, each step imprinting a unique pattern of growth. The arches are pliable and unfixed, mirroring the malleability of childhood itself. Ligaments and tendons, gradually gaining resilience, transform these delicate feet into the robust foundation required for a lifetime of mobility. The bones, still in the process of ossification, reflect the ongoing saga of physical development. If you notice that your child exhibits foot development problems, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a thorough exam and diagnosis.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM of Sole 2 Sole, PC. 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 Olympia Fields, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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