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Understanding Toddlers' Growing Feet and Shoe Requirements

Toddlers' feet grow at an unpredictable rate, just like their ever-changing moods and preferences. Between ages 1 and 3, a child's foot typically grows about 1/2 to 3/4 inches per year, with occasional growth spurts leading to rapid changes in shoe size. Trying to measure their feet monthly can be a challenge, so monitoring how well their shoes fit is the best way to gauge their growth. It is common for toddlers to require two or three different shoe sizes within a year, which may seem costly but is a natural part of their development. After age 3, foot growth slows to about 1/2 inch per year until reaching adult size. When shopping for shoes, it is crucial to check the fit regularly, ensuring there is enough space for the toes. Non-slip soles are essential for toddlers, as they are still developing coordination. Opt for shoes with easy fastening, like hook-and-loop tape, as toddlers are not yet ready to tie laces independently. Parents can support their toddlers' healthy foot development by choosing the right-sized and comfortable shoes during these crucial early years. If you would like more help in understanding your toddlers’ growing feet and proper shoe selection, it is suggested that you make an appointment 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 one of our podiatrists of Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors 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 our office located in Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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