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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.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. John Branwell of Kearny, New Jersey. 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 Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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