A recent news article introduced a 102-year-old as one of the last remaining Chinese women to have had her feet bound.   At just 2 years old, Han Qiaoni’s feet were soaked in warm water, her toenails were clipped, her feet were massaged, every toe was broken except for the big one, her arch was broken, and all of the broken toes were wrapped tightly against the soles of her feet.  Before 1912 when the practice was banned in China, women thought feet measuring between 2.75 and 3 inches were a sign of beauty.

Is foot binding still a concern?

You may not even realize that it is happening to child’s foot. A sudden growth spurt and what do you know your child’s toe is almost through the shoe.

To prevent “binding” your child’s feet, it is important to regularly check their shoes to make sure they aren’t too tight.  The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends getting your child new shoes and socks every couple of months.  Other tips include:

Taking your child along when shopping for their shoes and make sure their feet are measured.

  •  Have them walk around in the shoes and ask how they feel on their feet.
  • Shop in the late afternoon or evening: Feet swell throughout the day making it the perfect time to try on shoes.
  • Bring along the right socks or tights for the proper shoe or sneaker.
  • Make sure they try on both shoes, feet are almost never the same size.
  • Don’t buy shoes that need to be broken in.  They might cause problems down the road.

Once your child is wearing the new shoes on a regular basis, you still want to check for sore spots. If they frequently take off one or both shoes, it may be a sign that there is a problem.  Also, keep an eye on the bottoms of shoes.  If heels are wearing out they might need a new shoe before they grow out of them.

Your child’s feet are an important part of their health.  If your child complains of foot pain or if you notice uneven wear on your child’s shoes, it is important to get medical care for them early on.  At Hollowbrook Foot Specialists, we know how important it is to keep your children active and healthy.  Schedule an appointment at our Wappinger Falls office with Dr. Schlam and let us help your child put their best foot forward.

Your Top-Rated & New Favorite Podiatrist In Wappingers Falls, NY

Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

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You will not find a better podiatrist than Dr. Schlam. I have been seeing him for over twenty years and he has been a godsend for my foot pain. If only I could give six stars...

- John M.

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Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

- Irene T.

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The best health care experience. The staff and nurses are super friendly and Dr. Schlam is very good. I highly recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists.

- Bob D.

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 4pm

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