childrens-feetA recent study has found that children have shorter and jerkier strides due to their shorter legs, which accommodate for their lacking length and height. Kids’ legs and feet remain close to the ground as they run because they simply do not have the time they need to leap into the air like adult legs. Jim Usherwood, coauthor of the study, shared, “Even when they think they’re running, they’re barely getting off the ground.” This does not necessarily mean that children are “bad” runners; they are simply working with what they have.

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

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 always be worn, especially at play

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office, located in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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