Do your child's feet turn outward when they walk? Do they walk or run awkwardly, or tend to trip or fall? Have you noticed that the soles of their shoes wear unevenly? If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, they may be out-toeing. Some believe that out-toeing may be caused in utero, as the baby’s confined space in the womb sometimes causes their bones to twist. This may occur in the shin bones or thigh bones, or in rare cases, the hip bones. These bones usually return to a normal position on their own during the child’s first few years of life. However, this process may take longer for certain children, or may even require medical intervention if the condition worsens, causes limping or pain in the leg or hip, or if one foot turns out more than the other. If you believe your child is out-toeing, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can help monitor the child’s progress, or even treat it to help correct the condition.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Institute at One Oak Medical. Our doctors 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 offices located in Wayne, Paramus, Clifton, Montclair, Clifton, Edison, and Randolph, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.