Caring for Your Baby's Feet

A complete guide to taking care of baby's growing feet.

All About Feet

Baby with Toes in Mouth

"It's a girl!" one of my patients enthusiastically called to tell me soon after she gave birth. But what I really wanted to know was how were the baby's feet. Her other children, Ilyssa and Matthew, had both suffered from intoeing, or turned-in feet, so I wanted to make sure that the new baby didn't have the same problem.

Fortunately, Jocelyn was born with healthy, straight feet, and everything looked fine when her mother brought her in for a checkup after she started walking. My patient understood the potential problems that could arise with a baby's feet and legs because of her experience with her older children. But most first-time parents probably don't give much thought to their newborn's feet, other than how cute they are.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), by the time your child reaches 65, she will have walked more than 100,000 miles. That's why it's important not to take your child's feet for granted. Start her off on the right foot by taking proper care of her little soles and understanding the possible problems that can affect them.

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