Children’s Feet and Podiatry
Children’s feet differ from those of adults as they are not yet fully formed. At six months of age the foot is still mostly cartilage, in fact the last bone does not begin to form until about 3 years of age. By 18 years of age most of the bones are fully formed. Children’s feet are soft and pliable making them prone to damage from abnormal pressure, such as shoes which are too small. Many childhood problems are also hereditary in nature.
Children’s feet undergo an incredible rate of growth in the early years. Most kids are born with flat feet, with their arches gradually forming over the first five years. If children start to develop excessive pronation ( feet rolling in) while learning to walk, it’s important to have them assessed by a Podiatrist specialising in the care and wellbeing of the young foot.
Children's feet are not simply little adult's feet - they have a unique developmental pattern of their own. A check-up with a Friendly Feet Podiatrist is recommended if:
- You notice uneven shoe wear
- You notice any skin rashes, hard skin, lumps or bumps on the feet.
- Your child complains of recurrent pain in the feet or legs
- Your child is constantly tripping and falling,
- You have any other concerns about your children's feet
- Your child often ask to be picked up
- Your child walk differently to other children
Recent research has revealed that certain foot types, such as flat feet or high arched feet can predispose children to sports injuries and problems in later life. Many of these conditions can be managed using conservative treatments by our podiatrists.
We recommend that children are screened between 4 and 7 years of age in order to identify any possible issues they may have.