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Are There Differences Between Children’s and Adults' Feet?

Adults' and children's feet may appear similar at first glance, but they exhibit distinct characteristics and undergo unique developmental changes. Children's feet are more pliable, with softer cartilage and bones that are still growing and forming. As a result, their feet are more susceptible to deformities and structural abnormalities, such as flat feet or toe-walking. Additionally, children often have a higher arch and wider forefoot compared to adults. Over time, as children mature into adults, their feet undergo significant changes. The arches typically become more defined, and the foot structure stabilizes. Adults may also experience changes in foot size and shape due to factors like weight gain, pregnancy, or aging. Furthermore, adults are more prone to conditions like bunions, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis, which can affect foot function and mobility. Understanding these differences is essential for providing appropriate footwear, monitoring development, and addressing any potential issues early on to ensure optimal foot health throughout life. It is suggested that you schedule routine visits for your child with a podiatrist who can closely monitor the growth rate in their feet.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM of Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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