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
Abnormally shaped toes
Stiffness in the foot
Complains of pain whilst walking