Thursday, January 2, 2014

Foot Health of Babies and Toddlers

When babies start walking it seems like nothing can slow them down. This is the time of a toddler's life where the right shoe can save your child a lot of aches and pains later in life. Many knee and joint pains we feel on a regular basis are caused by a problem in our feet, many of these start at a very early age. It is possible to correct these conditions later in life, but preventing them from every happening is the best plan. Babies and toddlers are often affected by several different afflictions in their feet:
  • Pediatric Flatfoot – most children with this condition show no sign of symptoms. Some will have trouble participating in physical activities, and may complain about cramping in the legs, feet and knees.
  • Ingrown Toenails – tight shoes or socks are the most common cause of ingrown toenails in children. When the nail breaks the skin, the area becomes susceptible to serious infections. Treatment for ingrown nails should never be done at home, and only be performed by a doctor.
  • Plantar Warts – Warts can develop anywhere on the foot, but typically they appear on the bottom of the foot. There isn't much you can do for these because they are caused by the human papilloma virus, which causes warts on other parts of the body. These warts can grow deep into the skin and make walking and standing very painful for children.

It is obvious that toddlers enjoy being barefoot, and any parent knows how hard it is to keep shoes on a child. Recent studies show that shoes designed to mimic barefoot walking improve foot health in babies and toddlers, as well as adults. Kid-O-Fit has taken the results of these studies and implemented them in a child's shoe. These comfort shoes for kids not only improve the health of a child's foot, but their ability to expand also eases the pain on parents' wallet.