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Toddler Flat or Fallen Arches

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Toddler Flat or Fallen Arches

Babies are often born with flat feet, which may persist well into their childhood. This occurs because children’s bones and joints are flexible, causing their feet to flatten when they stand. Young babies also have a fat pad on the inner border of their feet that hides the arch. You still can see the arch if you lift your baby up on the tips of the toes, but it disappears when s/he is standing normally. The foot may also turn out, increasing the weight on the inner side and making it appear even more flat. Normally, flat feet disappear by age six...


What about toddler foot development problems?

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What about toddler foot development problems?

Developmental problems are much less common than the minor ailments and in many cases resolve themselves. However, they may also need treatment. So if you suspect a developmental problem with your toddler's feet, talk to your child's podiatrist or chiropodist.  Here are some of the more common developmental foot conditions: Flat feet is normal in toddlers. This is partly due to posture, and partly because they have more fat than adult feet. By the time your child's five, his/her arches should naturally be more developed. In-toeing and out-toeing are when toddlers walk with their feet turning inwards ("pigeon-toed") or outwards. Chances are...


Picking the Perfect 1st Shoes

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Picking the Perfect 1st Shoes

Two words most of us love to hear? Shoe shopping! But it's quite a different story when you're buying footwear for your antsy 1-year-old. Most of the time you'll be hard-pressed to get him/her to try on a pair without wiggling out of your lap or having a kicking-and-screaming tantrum. And even if you can get them on his/her feet without a fuss, it can be tricky to figure out whether they're actually the right size. A toddler can't use words to tell you that s/he doesn't like the way something feels. "To make matters worse, it's really important to...


Children's Foot Health - What you need to know!

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Children's Foot Health - What you need to know!

Foot Development At birth the bones in the foot are mostly cartilage, the last bone doesn’t begin to form until children are about 3 years old. By 18 years of age, most of the bones are fully formed. Children’s feet are soft and pliable making them prone to damage from abnormal pressure, such as shoes which are too small or ill-fitting.  Walking Children usually begin to walk any time between 10 and 24 months of age. Each child is unique and will move through the developmental states at their own pace. Each child follows a developmental sequence from lying to sitting, crawling,...


Socks, Socks and more Socks!

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Socks? Yes, socks. I’m talking baby socks, toddler socks, preschool socks, and all manner of little kid socks from infant on up. I realize in confessing this, I might sound a little crazy. But the truth is that I only buy certain makes, models, and colors of socks and I’ve come to have very strong opinions about them. It’s the fashionista in me; I can’t help it. It all started innocently enough with my only daughter. We lucked into a dozen or so super awesome socks along with a mixed bag of other varieties. Babies:Trumpette socks are the very best....

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