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Development of Children’s Feet
When your child first begins to walk, shoes should only be used when protection is needed from the ground. Allowing children to go barefoot or to wear very soft shoes helps the foot to typically develop and assists in strengthening muscles.

Sometimes children walk with their feet pointed inwards (in-toeing) or outwards (out-toeing). In most cases, these variations in walking are normal. Most children will grow out of these walking styles by the age of two; however it can sometimes take until the age of 12. If your child is not keeping up with their friends, a podiatrist may be able to assist.

Children under the age of three may sometimes walk on their tip toes and this is a typical developmental stage. Any child over the age of three and still walking on their tip toes (toe walking) should be assessed by a podiatrist.

Growing feet
A child’s foot grows in length and changes in shape with growth. Arch development is an individual thing and arch height or a lack of an arch does not always indicate that a child will have problems with their feet. If your child has pain or has one flat foot that differs from the other foot, a podiatrist can assist.

Due to rapid growth in length and width while young, frequent changes in the size of shoes and socks may be necessary. Do a size check at least every one to three months up to the age of three, every four months up to the age of five and every six months from five years.

Professional advice
A check-up with a podiatrist is recommended if:

  • You notice uneven shoe wear
  • You notice any skin rashes, hard skin, lumps or bumps on your child’s feet
  • Your child complains of recurrent pain in the feet and/or legs which also increases with activity
  • Your child is constantly tripping or falling
  • Your child walks on their tip toes
  • Your child’s walk does not look symmetrical (or the same on both feet and legs).
  • Or you have any other concerns about your child’s feet.

If you have any concerns regarding any of the above issues please contact Gait Way Podiatry on 3385 0567 or email us at admin@gaitway.com.au and don't forget to mention that you're a Sesame Lane family to receive 25% off your initial consultation fee.