Children’s feet differ from adults as they are not yet fully formed and their bones are soft and pliable, making them prone to damage from abnormal pressure. It is for these reasons that any consistent complaints of pain should always be addressed. Likewise any skin or nail lesions should also be assessed by a podiatrist. A thorough assessment regarding your child’s complaint will be undertaken and any necessary treatment and ongoing management discussed.

The following are milestones that may help to identify whether your child needs to see a podiatrist.

  • Children usually begin to walk between ten and 24 months of age.
  • Consistent toe walking is not considered normal and should be seen by a podiatrist.
  • Shoes are not necessary indoors when first steps are taken, rather walking barefoot encourages the muscles in the feet to develop and strengthen.
  • A child’s foot will double in size by the age of one and are approximately half their adult length by 18months of age.
  • Between the ages of 0 – 2yrs old most children will be slightly bowlegged and hence assume an out toeing gait
  • Between the ages of 5 -7yrs children will be knock-kneed and may assume an in toeing gait.
  • Arch height stabilizes by 6 or 7years of age.
  • By the time most children reach 13 their legs should be straight.
  • Bones are fully developed between the ages of 12 – 14years.
  • Between the ages of 5 and 12 growth is approximately 9mm per year.
  • Feet should always be measured and footwear fitted by children’s foot specialist.

Common Problems

  • Flat Feet
  • Growing Pains
  • In toeing (Knock Kneed)
  • Out Toeing (Bow Legged)
  • Heel Walking
  • Warts