Children’s feet are different from those of an adult, as they aren’t fully formed. The bones do not fully form in the feet until the age of 18. The last bone in the
foot does not start to develop until the age of 3 years old.
Children commonly begin to walk between 10-20 months, however, children move through developmental stages at their own pace. Children will also roll, crawl and run in their own time. When your child begins to to walk, shoes should be used only for protection from the ground. Children going barefoot or wearing soft shoes will help the foot to develop and assist in strengthening muscles. In toeing and out toeing are a common part of normal development however if this is present in only one foot or leg or over the age of 4, a Podiatrist should be consulted.
Children’s feet go through rapid changes quickly, arch development is an individual thing and foot length and size are constantly changing. Size checks should be done very 1-3 months up to the age of 3 and If your child is having pain or one foot that looks different from the other then a Podiatrist can be of assistance.
Skin and Nails
Children may occasionally experience problems with their nails and skin. Some conditions such as ingrown nails,athletes foot and warts require Podiatrist treatment.
If your child is showing signs of:
- Be sure to measure both feet for length
- A thumb size gap should be present between the toes and end of the shoe as this could otherwise damage the nail or toe
- Avoid buying shoes that require breaking in
- Shop for shoes late in the day as feet swell throughout the day so it is best to fit when feet at their largest
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