Baby Steps: Foot Care for Infants

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Maintaining good foot health is a lifelong journey, and it starts on the day we’re born! Your newborn has much smaller feet than you do, but in many ways, they require just as much attention and care. Your baby is not able to literally tell you when something is wrong with his or her feet, so it’s up to you to keep an eye out for foot conditions that commonly effect infants. As you read this blog, think of ways you can implement strong foot care practices into your newborn’s life.

Inspect Your Baby’s Feet

             From the moment you make it home for the first time, you’ll most likely be admiring every inch of your new baby. As you’re doing this, make sure you take a look at his or her feet, especially for signs of clubfoot. Clubfoot is a foot deformity that causes the foot to appear twisted or out otherwise contorted. Catching signs of clubfoot in the first couple of days reduces the probability that your baby will need foot surgery.

Find Shoes That Fit

             In the first six months of their lives, babies can grow to almost twice their size recorded at birth. And as they learn to walk, they’ll only be getting bigger. It’s important to have the right shoes for the right stage of your child’s life.  When shopping for shoes for an infant, you should look for a pair that:

  • Adjustable straps – this will help keep the size right as they grow

  • Fits snug without leaving marks

  • Non-slip soles to prevent ankle sprains and other injuries as they learn to walk

Don’t Delay a Doctor Visit

             If you notice any abnormalities in your child’s feet, it’s always best to see your local podiatrist sooner rather than later. At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, our board-certified podiatrists are ready to work with your babies through every step of their lives. With convenient locations all over Houston, Texas including Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland and Livingston, find the right foot doctor has never been easier. Make an appointment online or call (281) 444-4114 today.