Friday, February 27, 2009



• Thick paper towels (we used Bounty)
• Clear Con-Tact paper or laminating sheets
• Scissors

Try lifting a footprint and pairing it with a particular shoe. Every shoe leaves a different mark, depending on the size, tread, and amount of wear on the sole. Match the prints to the correct shoes, and you'll have one suspect who won't be walking free.

First, you'll need a footprint. Have an accomplice don a pair of shoes - without showing you which ones - and step first into some mud or wet dirt, then onto a hard, smooth easily cleaned surface, such as the kitchen floor. (Be sure to get your parents' permission first. Just tell them it's all in the name of science!) When you're ready to lift the print, first determine if it's still wet. If it is, lay a paper towel over it and press down firmly and carefully, taking care not to shift the towel in the process. If the print is dry, thoroughly dampen the paper towel, squeeze out any excess water, then spread it and lay it over the print. Now, carefully peel up the paper towel, then set it aside to dry, print side up. Cut a piece of Con-Tact paper to size and cover the print with it. Finally, compare the tread marks to the bottoms of any suspect shoes and see if you can find a match.

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Your Baby's Feet

The human foot--one of the most complicated parts of the body--has 26 bones, and is laced with ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Because the feet of young children are soft and pliable, abnormal pressure can easily cause deformities.

A child's feet grow rapidly during the first year, reaching almost half their adult foot size. This is why foot specialists consider the first year to be the most important in the development of the feet.

Here are some suggestions to help you assure that this development proceeds normally:

1. Look carefully at your baby's feet. If you notice something that does not look normal to you, seek professional care immediately. Deformities will not be outgrown by themselves.

2. Cover baby's feet loosely. Tight covers restrict movement and can retard normal development.

3. Provide an opportunity for exercising the feet. Lying uncovered enables the baby to kick and perform other related motions which prepare the feet for weightbearing.

4.Change the baby's position several times a day. Lying too long in one spot, especially on the stomach, can put excessive strain on the feet and legs.

To be continued...

(Information provided by The American Podiatric Medical Association -

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Children and Their Feet - An Introduction

You worry about your children's teeth, eyes, and other parts of the body. You teach washing, brushing, and grooming, but what do you do about your child's feet--those still-developing feet which have to carry the entire weight of the body through a lifetime?

Many adult foot ailments, like other bodily ills, have their origins in childhood and are present at birth. Periodic professional attention and regular foot care can minimize these problems in later life.

Neglecting foot health invites problems in other parts of the body, such as the legs and back. There can also be undesirable personality effects. The youngster with troublesome feet walks awkwardly and usually has poor general posture. As a result, the growing child may become shy, introverted, and avoid athletics and social functions. Consultation between the podiatrist, pediatrician, and other medical specialists helps to resolve these related problems.

To be continued...

(Information provided by The American Podiatric Medical Association -

Happy Feet...

Happy Feet...

= Happy Kids...

= Happy Kids...

= Happy Family!

= Happy Family!