Parents trying to fight off stubborn foot odor in their children’s feet should consider several methods to remove unpleasant smells. Regardless of age, smelly feet are typically attributed to the presence of bacteria. Antibacterial soap should therefore be used when washing your children’s feet. Alternating shoes and wearing fresh socks daily can also help remove the presence of unpleasant smells.

Sweat is another cause of foot odor. Make sure that shoes are washed and cleaned regularly, and double check shoe sizes to be sure that they are not too fight on your children’s feet. If smells continue to be stubborn, consider using a topical antiperspirant. Visit a doctor for prescription treatment if all other methods prove unsuccessful. 

Optimal foot health can be maintained throughout childhood as long as your children’s feet are kept clean. For more information about children’s foot care, speak to podiatrist Dr. James C. Ricketti, DPM of Hamilton Square. Dr. Ricketti will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

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’.  Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

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 always be worn, especially at play

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

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