Footwear company known as Toms has recently launched their annual One Day Without Shoes campaign using Instagram where they will donate one million pairs of shoes to a child in need. All Instagram users have to do is take a picture of their bare feet with the hashtag #WITHOUTSHOES. The campaign started on May 5th and ended on May 21st and on the night of the first day the hashtag had already reached 31,000 posts.
Making sure children have the proper foot health is important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact Dr. Carl Ingrassia of Fords Foot and ankle Care. Our doctor will treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.
Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet in 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 from birth to school-age.
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’. Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.
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 of 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
Children of all ages are constantly developing and growing, and as a parent you want to make sure that nothing is hindering their maturation. This includes caring for their feet, as healthy feet are important in order to live a normal, fulfilling life.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Fords, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.