During the first year of life, your baby will grow from not knowing they have feet, to sucking their toes to depending on these crazy appendages to help them explore their ever-changing world. Between birth and their first birthday, your baby and her feet will grow a ton, but if those feet hurt, progress can be difficult.
Knowing this fact, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has launched a new online educational resource, intended for use by doctors and parents, called First Steps: Keeping Kids Feet Healthy and Happy. The APMA’s goal for this campaign lines up with my goals for all my young patients: help parents learn what to watch out for to avoid any pain in their kids growing feet.
Among the useful information shared by the APMA is a guide for choosing appropriate shoes for your child (although it’s important to remember that babies who aren’t walking don’t need to wear shoes, and early walkers do best with soft-soled footwear.)
The campaign also includes video on how to tell if your baby’s feet might be hurting (since he or she can’t yet tell you with words, you’ll get tips for how to pick up on his or her non-verbal cues.)
While the campaign is still in its early stages, more resources will be added regularly. With all the changes and milestones that occur in your child’s first year, it is easy to overlook potential foot problems a baby may encounter. If you suspect your young child is experiencing foot pain or not experiencing typical foot development, schedule an appointment with your Houston podiatrist as soon as possible to keep his or her feet happy and healthy.