Children's feet are NOT just "little" versions of adults feet!



  • Each adult foot contains 26 bones and 35 joints

  • The majority of children will begin to walk anywhere between 9 and 18 months of age.

  • At this age children have poor muscle tone & weak ligaments in their feet, both of which will improve naturally with time.

  • Like anything, learning to walk takes both time and practice.

  • As such it is important to allow your child to develop naturally, therefore until they have been walking for a couple of months they should be barefoot as much as possible.

  • Shoes should only be worn when required.

  • Once children reach school age, it is important to get their shoes fitted correctly, including both length and size.

Problems and abnormalities that need professional podiatric attention:

Wearing shoes out unevenly 


Flat feet after the age of 5 years


Heel / Achilles pain


Feet turning in/out


Ingrown toenails


Abnormally shaped toes


Stiffness in the foot


Complains of pain whilst walking

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