CHILDREN'S FEET

 

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

 

   CHILDHOOD FACTS:

  • 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.

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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