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Childhood Feet Development & Potential Issues
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If you are a parent, it likely seems as though your child’s feet grow at least two sizes every other week, making it difficult to keep finding shoes that fit. While your child’s feet do grow rapidly, the development usually happens steadily throughout childhood. Keeping your child in the right footwear and staying on top of any potential problems is easier if you know about how children’s feet develop throughout the years.
Your child’s shoes will probably need to be updated at least once every six months in order to stay in a fitting pair. Proper shoes are especially important because the soft bones in your child’s feet mean that they are flexible for growth but also more susceptible to damage. Any injuries sustained in the early years have the potential to become more serious into adulthood.
Choosing the right shoes is vital. No one brand makes the perfect pair of children’s shoes, but several brands offer different styles that provide necessary support. Shoes are not necessary while your child is learning to walk – in fact, the presence of bulky shoes can actually make the learning process more challenging. About six weeks after your child starts walking, a good choice of footwear would be shoes that have a solid heel and strong support throughout the sole. There should be no longer than one quarter of an inch between the longest toe and the front of the shoe.
Despite doing everything that you can to keep your child’s feet safe and growing properly, there are some problems that can develop. The most common problems in children are flat feet and rolled ankles. Very small children will generally have flat feet due to a pad of fat on the underside, but if it lasts or causes problems, it must be corrected. Rolled ankles – characterized by the ankles turning inward instead of rolling the correct way – can cause a lot of issues with children, including trouble walking.
Keeping your child’s feet growing properly is a very important part of their overall health. You should always have your child’s feet checked at regular physical exams and should see a podiatrist if anything appears to be wrong.
Dr. Matt Ahmadi is a leading Foot Doctor (Podiatrist) in Mission Viejo. Dr. Ahmadi is a Board Certified Foot Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Ahmadi is a leading foot and ankle doctor, who has earned the Doctor of Podiatric Medicinedegree from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He completed his post graduate training in Podiatric medicine and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Ahmadi´s residency consisted of three intense surgical years at a level one trauma center where he performed advanced procedures in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.
Dr. Ahmadi specializes in reconstructive surgical and non-surgical care for children and adults as well as a wide variety of foot and ankle diseases and disorders. He places emphasis on educating patients about the function and dynamics of the foot and ankle in order to prevent future problems.