Children’s feet are unique. They aren’t just mini versions of adult feet – they are growing and changing constantly. In babies, bones of the feet are mostly soft cartilage that will eventually transform into fully formed bones by around age 181. Babies generally have flat feet, and the arch of the foot in a child develops into a more adult shape from the time they begin to walk right through to their mid-teens2. During this time the development of the feet can be influenced by numerous factors including excessive weight and activity levels3.
Kids are much more active than adults as well, spending up to 6 hours per day being physically active – that’s 12 times that of the average adult4.
As a result, it is essential that we ensure good foot health in children as they grow. All kids should have an annual foot check with a podiatrist (see APodC) to ensure their feet are healthy, their footwear is appropriate and their walking is developing normally.
Common problems in kid’s feet:
- Flat feet in Children
- Sever’s Disease – Heel Pain in Children
- Osgood Schlatter’s – Knee Pain in Children
- Other Growth Plate Conditions
- Growing Pains
- Ingrown toenails
- Ill-fitting shoes
It is not normal for kids to have pain in their feet and legs. Similarly, it is not normal if your child is school age to be:
- knocking their knees
- tripping over more than their friends
- regularly walking on their tip toes, or
- walking with feet pointing inwards or outwards
If any of these things are occurring make an appointment today to see one of our highly experienced FootMotion podiatrists and get the help you need.
- Neale’s Disorders of the Foot 8th 2010 pp271-272
- Bialystok, P, Ezerskiy, E, Raso, J, & Roagalski, 2012, Epidemiological factors affecting plantar arch development in children with flat feet, Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, vol. 102, no. 2, pp. 114-121
- Jiménez-Ormeño E, Aguado, X,Delgado-Abellán, L, Mecerreyes, L, & Alegre, L, 2013, Foot morphology in normal-weight, overweight, and obese schoolchildren, European Journal Of Pediatrics, vol. 172, no. 5, pp. 645-652
- Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011-2012