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Kids Foot Facts

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Feet are fascinating parts of the body with many interesting facts that children can learn about. Humans have 26 bones in each foot, and these bones work together to provide support, balance, and mobility. The feet have over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, allowing for intricate movements like walking, running, and jumping. Feet also contain thousands of sweat glands, helping to regulate body temperature and keep them cool. Additionally, the soles of the feet are covered in tough skin called calluses, which protect them from friction and pressure. Kids might be surprised to learn that the size and shape of their feet can change as they grow, which is why it is essential to wear properly fitting shoes. By understanding these fun foot facts, children can appreciate the incredible design and functionality of their feet while learning how to care for them to stay healthy and active. If your child has foot pain for any reason, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment options.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM of Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check 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 toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover 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 Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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