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Babies First Shoes

Selecting the first shoes for babies is an important decision, as it impacts their comfort and foot development. Opt for soft, flexible shoes made from breathable materials like leather or cloth, allowing natural movement and airflow. These materials provide gentle support without restricting the foot's growth. Look for shoes with a roomy toe box to accommodate the baby's developing toes and allow wiggle room. Flexible soles with good traction help prevent slipping while allowing for natural foot movement. Additionally, avoid shoes with stiff soles or tight, rigid structures, as they can hinder proper foot development and cause discomfort. Velcro or elastic closures ensure a snug fit without being too restrictive, making it easier to put on and take off. If you notice anything unusual about your child’s feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide a comprehensive exam and address any questions you may have about appropriate footwear.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Theresa Brown, DPM of Essie M.B. Smith Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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