Your Toddler’s Changing Feet

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Each milestone is such a wonderful and fun thing to celebrate. The first tooth, the first time they sit up, the first time they pull themselves to stand up, the first time they stand without holding anything, and now you come to their first steps. Wow, it feels like it takes forever to get there, but then again, time flies! Your baby is becoming a toddler and it seems like he or she is growing up too quickly! During these moments of rapid development, you probably wonder if your baby is growing properly. Are the toes supposed to turn in or outward? Is it okay if their legs seem widely set? Why are they waddling and stomping so hard on the hardwood floors? Is it okay? What’s going on? Your mind might begin to spin. Breathe. It will be A-OK. But in case that didn’t convince you, let us walk you through some of the changes you might see happening as your toddler’s feet and ankles. Loud slapping footsteps. If you have carpet, you might not notice, but as soon as your child is on hardwood floors, you will hear your toddler slapping his or her feet, instead of doing a heel-to-toe type of stride. They may seem to be stomping as they walk, and seem to waddle. Don’t worry! This is normal.

  • Your toddler’s fat pads on his feet are still there, where the arch should be. That’s why you might hear more of the slapping and stomping since their gait is not fully developed yet.
  • As he keeps on walking, the arch will form as the foot gets stronger. So yes, loud, slapping, stomping footsteps are normal.
In-toeing or Out-toeing: As they improve their walking game (rather than falling every few steps), you may notice that their feet or toes are pointed inward or outward. This can put excess pressures on the inner or outer parts of the feet, as well as the Achilles tendon. Children may grow out of in- or out-toeing, but it’s something to keep in mind and check to make sure it doesn’t get worse. Our foot doctors can help treat the problem if there are any severe or very obvious deformities or gait issues. If your toddler suddenly does not want to stand or walk anymore, it might be a sign that his or her feet are experiencing pain. To make sure that there isn’t another reason behind the foot pain, like an injurymake an appointment at Alamitos-Seal Beach Podiatry Group to get an assessment of your toddler’s feet. One of our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Douglas H. RichieDr. Jeremy L. Cook, and Dr. Faye E. Izadi can look them over and consult with you about their feet. Find them at either of our Seal Beach, CA and Los Alamitos, CA offices in Orange County.

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