6. Keep their toenails trimmed and cleaned
Keep toenails trimmed as nails that are too long can dig into other toes, tear up socks or dig into the shoe, and cause discomfort. Long toenails are more prone to chipping or breaking off painfully too.
Cut your child’s toe nails in a straight line and don’t try to cut around the corners. This can lead to ingrown toenails.
5. Wash feet everyday
Make sure your kids wash their feet every day and dry them well, especially between the toes. If their feet are always sweaty and moist, fungal infections like athlete’s foot can develop more easily.
4. Get them to go barefoot
Encourage your child to go barefoot wherever possible, especially in their early years. This helps muscles develop strength and lets air circulate around their feet. It can also help to reduce fungal infections
3. Make sure socks fit properly
Socks shouldn’t be too tight or too loose that they bunch up inside shoes. This can cause blisters and injuries that lead to changed walking patterns.
2. Get the right shoe size and fit
Did you know that your child’s feet can grow significantly in six months? So, it’s important to think about growth when buying shoes. But shoes that are too big can cause feet to slide forward, putting extra pressure on toes. Tight shoes can cause blisters, corns, calluses and ingrown nails.
It is important to get shoes that fit both the length and width of your child’s feet. Press down with your thumb on the front of your child’s shoes as well to make sure there’s a comfortable gap (a thumb width) between the toes and the...