Children’s feet go through many changes as they grow – they are definitely not just mini versions of adults feet! Due to this it is important to keep a check on them, as well as other developments such as knee and hip position, and phases of crawling, cruising and walking.
To make it easier to know what the look for, we’ve broken it down into stages. As with anything development related, its important to remember that each child is unique and will move through the developmental stages at their own pace.
Babies are born with soft foot bones, which will begin to harden and fuse together (ossify) as they grow. Due to this softness, it is vital they have adequate room to move and aren’t restricted by tight socks or shoes. Make sure socks have plenty of room and are made of natural materials such as cotton or bamboo if possible. This is also a great stage for babies to be barefoot as it can encourage functions such as balance, posture, coordination, and muscle strength, especially as they begin to take those first steps!
Most children will start walking somewhere between 9 – 20 months. At this initial stage, it is very common for them to walk with their feet and legs in a wide apart stance and arms outstretched for extra balance.
This stage is also the perfect time to get them fitted with a well fitting shoe. Shoes with laces or velcro are good because they hold the heel in place and stop the foot slipping forward and damaging the toes. However, it is still important they get plenty of bare foot time to continue the important developments mentioned above.
Once they are up and about there’s usually no stopping them! But what should we be looking out for now? Below is a list of common things you may notice:
This list is intended only as a guideline, and isn’t extensive of every milestone or development. If you have any concerns about your child’s foot or lower limb health or development, or they complain about pain or discomfort, it is always best to check in with your podiatrist for a full assessment.
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