Q&A with Dr. William Knudson – Selecting the Right Shoes for Your Child

Dr. William KnudsonQ: Why are shoes such a critical element in a child’s development?
 
Dr. William Knudson: Having a child comes with a series of memorable firsts. These celebrated firsts—first word, first tooth, first step—are among the most important developmental milestones recorded by parents. In my podiatry practice, a child’s first steps are of particular interest. When a child starts to walk, it’s time to buy their first pair of shoes. There are a number of useful facts and guidelines to help new parents choose the right pair of shoes.
 
Q: How should parents approach the purchase of their child’s first pair of shoes?
 
Dr. William Knudson: Baby feet grow extremely fast. In fact, toddlers will generally pass through two size sizes in one year. It’s advisable for parents to check their child’s shoes once every couple of months to ensure that they aren’t too tight. Children’s feet typically grow much faster during warmer seasons, so pay special attention during the spring and summer months.
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Dr. William Knudson Discusses Some Common Foot Problems

Dr. William KnudsonEvery day, patients come into the Leesburg office of Dr. William Knudson with a variety of foot maladies. The ankle and foot specialist helps patients with both foot care and treatment, advising families on the importance of proper footwear. Among the many issues that Dr. William Knudson deals with in the course of his practice are several that come up repeatedly. Today, Dr. William Knudson answers some of the frequently asked questions from his patients at Podiatric Care of Northern Virginia.

Q: What is the most common foot problem you see?

Dr. William Knudson: Fungal and bacterial issues are often the reason patients come to see me. Often they’ll notice strange toenail discoloration or blisters and itchiness.

Q: Why are fungal problems so common?

Dr. William Knudson: Feet spend so much time crammed into shoes and socks, it’s easy for moisture to build up, especially for extremely active people.
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Videos of Dr. William Knudson

Dr. William Knudson Discusses Fallen Arches
Dr. William Knudson talks to the staff of Presentation Solutions about the causes of fallen arches.


Dr. William Knudson Explains the Causes of Flat Feet
Dr. William Knudson speaks with Interviewing Experts about flat feet—the causes and the best methods of treatment.


Dr. William Knudson Discusses Foot Problems
Dr. William Knudson sees a variety of foot problems.