- Carefully check your baby's feet. If you should notice anything that looks out of the normal, contact Dr. Vail's office to schedule an appointment. Most deformities cannot correct themselves if they are not treated.
- Don't restricted your baby's feet. Shoes and booties are not necessary for infants. They can actually restrict their movement and can inhibit the toes and feet from normal development.
- Give your baby the opportunity to exercise their feet. Lie your baby uncovered so they are able to kick and perform other related motions which prepare the feet for weight bearing.
- Change your baby's position several times during the day. If they lie too long in one spot it can put an excessive strain on the feet and legs. Also, make sure you limit the time your baby spends in a standing activity center. It is recommended no more than 15 minutes at a time.
You should never force your child to walk. Your child will walk when they are physically and mentally ready. Never compare your child with other children when it comes to walking milestones. Each child is different and can start walking anywhere between 10 to 18 months of age. When your baby does start to walk, you do no need to place them in shoes when indoors. Walking barefoot allows the foot to grow normally and to develop its musculature and strength and well as the grasping action of the toes. When your child is walking outdoors, make sure their feet is protected in a natural made lightweight and flexible footwear.