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Newborn Feet

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Newborn foot care is essential for ensuring proper development and identifying any abnormalities early. Immediately after birth, a thorough examination of the newborn's feet is conducted by healthcare professionals. This examination includes assessing the shape, size, and position of the feet and checking for movement, reflexes, and the presence of any deformities. Common abnormalities detected during this examination include clubfoot, where the foot is twisted out of shape or position, and flexible flatfoot, where the arch of the foot is not developed. Early detection allows for prompt intervention, which may include stretching exercises, casting, or, in severe cases, surgical correction. Proper foot care, including keeping the feet clean and dry, avoiding tight footwear, and monitoring for any changes, is essential for newborns. If you have any concerns about your newborn’s foot health, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss appropriate care and treatment options.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Bruce Smit, DPM of Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor 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 office located in Frankfort, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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