As babies develop and start walking, parents have many questions. There can be concern about intoeing or lack of foot arches, but another common inquiry is whether or not babies need to wear shoes. There are varying opinions on the matter, but it does not seem to be necessary for your son or daughter to use footwear, even when he or she starts walking (as long as the walking surfaces are safe).

Some individuals are curious about the matter because there can be the impression that shoes will help contribute to stronger ankles. There is not actually any medical evidence that supports this conclusion, and it may very well be disinformation that comes from the shoe industry itself. Perhaps the best way to think of this is that humans developed strong ankles and bodies long before shoes became commonplace.

When you have foot care needs or questions regarding foot issues for babies, toddlers, and young children, Foot Specialists of Long Island is here for you. You can contact our Long Island, NY podiatrist office by calling (516) 804-9038 and our staff will be glad to assist you, or you can simply schedule your appointment with us online today.