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Children and Foot Facts

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 00:00

Many parents find it enjoyable to explain to their children various facts about their feet. It can begin with telling them that each foot has 26 bones, and it can take up to 13 years for children’s feet to become adult feet. Additionally, everyone has toeprints, just like fingerprints, and they are different for everybody. Another interesting fact is that there are over 200 bones in the body and a quarter of them are found in the feet. Older children may find it fascinating that their nerves travel from the feet to the brain at double the speed of a high-speed train. Some parents find their children can understand easier when they are compared to an animal. An example of this can be explaining that even monkeys have toenails that protect the ends of their toes. A podiatrist can provide you with more facts about the feet, so it is suggested that you speak with this type of doctor if you would like more information. 

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. George Yarnell of Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 Lansdowne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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