As you watch your baby grow and develop, remember to pay close attention to your baby's feet. A child's feet grow rapidly during the first year, reaching almost half their adult foot size. This is why foot specialists consider the first year to be the most important in the development of the feet.
Look carefully at your baby's feet. Seek the advice of your family podiatric physician if your notice any abnormalities. Many adult foot problems have their origins in childhood and are present at birth. Don't wait until your child begins to walk to care for a problem you noticed earlier.
Your feet do such a lot of work every day, so you need to keep them clean and looked after.
Wash them well and dry between the toes so that they don't get smelly and soggy. (Use a facewasher, but don't then use is anywhere else.)
Air your shoes at night if you are going to wear them the next day.
Don't wear shoes around the house, so that your feet get a chance to spread out.
Wash your sneakers often, or clean shoes and boots to keep them soft and smelling nice.
Get mum, dad or whoever looks after you to teach you how to cut your toenails and don't let them grow too long.
Check your feet for bumps, itchy bits, cuts and blisters and get them treated.
It's especially important to keep feet sweet if you are heading into puberty. That is when the sweat glands, especially in your feet, roar into full production, and you may not be too nice to be near if you don't work hard at keeping clean!