On January 20th, Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry welcomed Rudy Libero D’Amico to the Syracuse Podiatry team! We thought that this would be an appropriate time to discuss some helpful tips for taking care of your newborn’s feet for their first few years of life. After all, getting into good habits and being aware of possible problems early on will set up your baby boy or girl for a lifetime of happy feet!
Your Newborn’s Feet
After your baby is born, a doctor or nurse will conduct an exam to check for certain abnormalities, including a simple count of the toes on each foot! Having an extra toe or two is called polydactyly, and early surgical treatment can ensure normal development. Clubfoot is another common deformity that is best treated with a series of casts when the bones are mostly made of cartilage.
The First Steps
Baby’s first steps are a joy for every parent, especially when they are taken without the assistance of a couch or coffee table. When your child is first learning to walk, he or she may be prone to walking on tiptoes or in-toeing. These tendencies may disappear with experience, but if they continue past the age of three or so, you might want to seek the advice of a podiatrist.
Shopping for Shoes
When you are first shopping for new baby shoes, you might be overwhelmed by the amount of cute choices for his or her little feet. It is extremely important to avoid forcing your baby’s feet into shoes that don’t fit. Shoes should be comfortable, flexible, and replaced often (since baby will be growing quickly!)
Board-certified podiatrist Dr. D’Amico welcomes patients of all ages to Syracuse Podiatry, from a few weeks to a few decades old. He is Central New York’s go-to foot and ankle doctor, specializing in surgery, diabetic foot care, and more. Contact us or call our Fayetteville, NY office at (315) 446-3668 to ask any questions or to schedule an appointment today!