Research shows that children typically begin to walk at approximately twelve months of age. There are many adorable and cute shoes available for purchase, but they may not be ideal for children’s feet. It is strongly recommended that a proper foot measurement is obtained and this will aid in determining the correct shoe size for your child’s feet. There are several qualities to look for when buying shoes. These may include choosing a shoe with a wide area for the toes to move about in, having a sturdy and flexible sole that is easily bent, and shoes that are comprised of breathable materials. Your child may walk better in shoes that fit properly and this may avoid any tripping or falling that may occur. Please speak with a podiatrist to learn about the importance of proper shoe fitting for your child’s feet.Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Sergey Losyev of Global Podiatry of NY & NJ. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.Keeping Children’s Feet HealthyHaving 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 one of our offices located in Morganville, NJ, Bay Street in Brooklyn, and Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.