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The Introduction of Shoes for Babies

Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

The question of when babies should start wearing shoes is a consideration that aligns with their developmental milestones. As a general guideline, infants typically are barefoot in their early months, allowing their delicate feet to explore and develop naturally. Shoes are introduced when babies begin to take their first steps, usually at the age of nine to 12 months. At this stage, shoes provide protection and support for those wobbly steps, aiding in balance and preventing potential injuries. Prioritizing shoes that are lightweight, flexible, and properly fitted is vital, ensuring the natural growth and formation of the feet. Soft-soled shoes with room for toes to move are recommended, promoting proper foot development. As children gradually transition to more stable steps, selecting shoes that accommodate their newfound mobility becomes an essential consideration for their comfort, safety, and continued healthy foot development. If you would like more information about what type of first shoes to buy for your child, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Robert Marcus of Foot & Ankle Center of Teaneck. 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 Teaneck, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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