We challenge you to find something cuter than a baby’s toes! Just kidding, there is nothing cuter than those. When you are a new parent, the world seems so much larger than before and yet smaller all at once – what used to bother you yesterday is less important today now that baby is here. With all the responsibilities and challenges of parenthood lying ahead, one thing we urge you to keep an extra close eye on is the health of your baby’s ankles, feet, and toes. Their feet and ankles play an important role in their overall development as the physiological tools they will be using soon enough to carry them through their years. We have the three best tips to stay on top of your baby’s toes compiled for you here:
Check up on those little piggies every day! Not only are they cute, but your baby will find them fun to play with. Taking a look at your baby’s toes every day will help you keep an inventory of any small or significant changes in their appearance or functioning. This is especially true when it comes to baby suddenly developing sensitivity where they weren’t as sensitive before.
Even if they aren’t walking yet, your baby’s feet, ankles, and toes are still hard at work. By kicking and flailing around, the baby’s legs and feet can help them move around even before they stand on their own. You can help them get to walking by aiding them in exercises and displaying behaviors for them to mimic. For example: while both of you are laying on your backs, mimic the motions of riding a bicycle and see if the baby will mimic you!
If the shoes your baby is wearing are for anything besides protecting their sensitive, delicate skin, they’re probably not the best choice. Before your baby starts walking, the only shoes they need is something light and flexible, but firm enough to protect them from bumping their toes. Wearing tight shoes in infancy is a sure way to spell trouble in adulthood, ranging from fallen arches to bunions and hammertoes.
For more information on how to help your baby’s feet and ankles get through their earliest years, schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott E. Hughes, Dr. Greg P. Vogt, and Dr. Christine I. Tumele at Foot & Ankle Specialists, P.C. We have two locations in Lambertville and Monroe, Michigan. Contact us today!