There are several bones, joints, and ligaments that the human foot is comprised of. When babies are born, their feet are flexible, and will gradually become stronger as walking begins. Babies are typically born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops as the feet become stronger. Research has indicated that it is beneficial for toddlers to walk barefoot while indoors, and this can help the toes to strengthen by grasping the floor. When the first pair of shoes are purchased, the feet should be properly measured, and this is helpful in determining the correct shoe size. It is important that the shoes have flat and flexible soles, in addition to ensuring that there is inadequate room for the toes to move freely in. If you would like more information about how to care for your child’s feet, please consult with a podiatrist. The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, 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.Tips for Keeping Children’s Feet HealthyMake sure their shoes fit properlyLook for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeingCheck 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 toenailsKeep your child’s foot clean and dryCover 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 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 care needs.