USEFUL FACTS FOR PARENTS
DOES MY TODDLER HAVE FLAT FEET?
Toddlers don’t have a visible arch in their foot like older children and adults, there’s soft tissue there to protect the growing bones. This, combined with the posture babies adopt when they first walk, gives the appearance of a stompy flat foot, but they’ll usually adapt a more adult walking style by the time they start school.
SHOULD MY BABY WEAR SHOES WHEN THEY'RE LEARNING TO WALK?
It is best to allow your child to go barefoot when possible in the early stages of walking, to allow the feet to breathe and feel the floor. However make sure there are no sharp objects that might cause injury, and pop some shoes on when they’re walking outside.
MY CHILD HAS KNOCK-KNEES, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
This is very common in young children and usually nothing to worry about. It should resolve itself by the age of 7, but if you notice your child’s feet adapting to this by rolling inwards (known as pronating), you should speak to your GP, who can give advice to help ensure this doesn’t become a longer term issue.
WHEN DO YOU GET A BABY'S FEET MEASURED?
When your child is trying to crawl or bottom shuffle unaided then lightweight flexible fitted shoes may aid grip to assist their walking development. Correctly fitting shoes are important so getting your child’s feet measured and shoes fitted by a trained shoe fitter is important at this stage.
IS IT NORMAL THAT MY CHILD'S FEET TURN INWARD?
This is very common in young children as the developing leg and ankle bones cause the feet to rotate inwards. However their feet will usually align properly by the age of 7 - if you’re concerned, check with your GP or Podiatrist.
DOES MY CHILD NEED INSOLES(ORTHOTIC)?
Insoles for children are usually used to help correct issues with posture or foot development, so they should only be used if recommended by a foothealth professional (Podiatrist), If your child is tripping or falling more than usual, or complaining of tired/painful legs, it’s best to get them checked out by your GP or Podiatrist.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BUY NEW SHOES FOR MY CHILD?
This depends on things like wear and tear, but most importantly it’s about fit. Your baby’s feet grow on average three sizes in their first year, then two sizes until they start school, then one size until they’re in their late teens. But every child is different, so it’s important to get their shoes checked and feet measured regularly by trained fitters.
HOW QUICKLY DO BABY FEET GROW?
Children's feet grow very quickly. During their first three or four years, your child's feet can grow as much as two whole shoe sizes each year. By school age this slows to about one whole size each year. Have your child's feet checked regularly to ensure they always have a shoe that fits properly and that this period of rapid growth progresses normally.