Barefoot is best
There's nothing better for young feet
than walking barefoot, whenever it's safe.
It helps muscles develop, allows the skin
to breathe and feeling the ground beneath
their feet will help them learn to walk.

If your child is wearing socks, they need
to be the right size and made of natural
materials (at least 50% wool or cotton
as a guide). Because young feet are soft
and pliable, socks that are too tight can
squeeze the foot into an unnatural shape
and cause permanent damage. Socks that
are too loose can bunch up and cause
blisters and corns. Make sure that the
sock seams are well finished to avoid
creating pressure points inside the shoe.

Common complaints
Badly fitting shoes can cause discomfort, but they may also lead to unhealthy feet and even long-term damage to joints and posture. Here are some common foot related problems to look out for – properly fitting shoes will help your child avoid them.

Regular hygiene
Young feet should be washed and dried
thoroughly every day. This is because
the spaces between toes are prone to
infections such as athlete's foot. A toddler's
toenails should be trimmed often using
small, sharp scissors.

You should always trim straight across
the nail. It's important to check little feet
regularly, as nails that are too long can
cause pressure points inside the shoe.
Some children's nails will curl in, cutting
the skin. Regular checks and trimming
will prevent this from happening.

Further information
If you would like more specific information about foot health, or have a problem you would like advice on, you can get help by visiting your local chiropodist or podiatrist. As trained professionals, they will be able to offer you advice on improving mobility, and keeping feet healthy, active and pain-free.