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Your Child's Feet

Having strong, healthy feet allows your child to walk, run, and play. If your child's feet form incorrectly, certain types of back and leg pain may be likely later in life. Your child's healthcare provider may suggest a gentle stretching exercise to help with correct development.

Your baby's feet

Both the size and shape of your child's feet change quickly during the first year of life. A baby's feet are flexible. And too much pressure or strain can affect the shape of the foot. To help ensure normal growth, allow your baby to kick and stretch their feet. Also, make sure shoes and socks don't squeeze toes. Many infants have feet that seem to turn in. This may worry you, but it's rarely a problem. The shape of the foot changes as your child grows.

Your toddler's feet

Your toddler will walk when they're ready. Try not to force the issue. Instead, watch your child's gait once they do start to walk. Does the toe touch down instead of the heel? Does your child always sit while others play actively? If so, talk with the healthcare provider. If your toddler's feet are fat, flat, and floppy—don't worry. This is usually normal. Also, many toddlers toe-in, but most outgrow the problem.

Online Medical Reviewer: Heather Trevino
Online Medical Reviewer: Liora C Adler MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Rita Sather RN
Date Last Reviewed: 12/1/2021
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