Both the size and the shape of your child’s feet change quickly during the first year of life. Because baby’s feet are flexible, too much pressure and strain can affect the shape of the foot. To ensure normal growth , allow your baby to kick and stretch his or her feet. Also make sure that shoes and socks do not restrict movement.
Talk to us if you are concerned about your baby’s feet. Many infants have feet that appear to turn in. this may worry you , but it is rarely an issue. The shape of the foot changes as your child grows , however if they are still turning in after they are walking make an appointment to talk to us and put your mind at ease.
Your toddler will walk when he or she is ready. Try not to force the issue. Instead, watch your child’s gait once she or he begins to walk. Does the toe touch down instead of the heel? Does your child always sit while others play actively? If so come to see us . If your toddler’s feet are flat, and floppy – don’t worry this is usually normal. Also many toddlers toe-in , but most grow out of the problem , call us for peace of mind.
The foot’s bone structure is pretty well formed by the time your child reaches age 7 or 8 . But if the growth plate ( the area where bone growth begins) is injured, the damaged plate may cause the bone to grow oddly. With a podiatrists care, however, the risk of future problems may be reduced .
If the shoe fits
If your child’s feet grow correctly foot problems are less likely later in life, For healthier young feet , be sure your child’s shoes fit. Outline your child’s foot when he or she is standing . Place the shoe over the drawing and see if the shoe is big enough to hold the foot comfortably.