childrens-feetThe American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) launched an online education source of information titled, ‘First Steps: Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy and Happy.’  The goal of this campaign is to educate the general public about the importance of regularly maintaining children’s feet and the role podiatrist’s play.

"It's important that parents pay close attention to children's feet even before they start to walk, beginning at birth and continuing as they take their first steps, go to school, and participate in sports." said APMA President Frank Spinosa.

Any parent should worry about keeping a child’s feet healthy. If you are a parent, have your child see podiatrist Dr. James C. Ricketti of Hamilton. Dr. Ricketti can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs as well as your own.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in 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 from birth to school-age.

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 of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should usually be worn

For more information about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer all the newest in diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle conditions.

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