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When Should Your Baby Be Walking?

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when a baby should be walking because they develop at different times. Many babies begin walking as early at 8 or 9 months, while others who are so-called late-bloomers may not begin until 16 months. Generally speaking, about half of babies have begun to take steps around 1 year old. The three factors that go into the process include muscle strength, balance, and temperament. The latter is the factor that most affects the age at which your baby will walk, experts say. Some babies continue to crawl because they can move faster than if they try to stand and walk. Early walkers can be more driven to try new motor skills, and lean babies often begin to walk earlier. Most babies simply decide for themselves when they are ready to walk, studies show. If you notice that your baby has certain foot gait abnormalities, such as pigeon-toed, walking on tiptoe, or duck walking, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist for an examination and discussion on possible treatment.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Richard Silverstein of Union Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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