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Growing pains

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Children should have their feet measured every three months

Generally, children under 18 months grow more than half a foot size every two months. Toddlers between 18 and 24 months grow an average of half a foot size every three months. Children between 24 and 36 months grow approximately half a foot size every four months and over three years old the foot grows at a rate of half a foot every six month. 

Our team at PK Podiatry love working with toddlers and children and we look forward to ensuring their feet grow healthy and strong so they can get the best start to their young lives. 

Wearing Shoes

A child learning to walk receives important sensory information from the soles of their feet. Shoes, particularly those with hard and inflexible soles, can make walking more difficult. Your toddler doesn’t need shoes until they have been walking for a couple of months and then only to protect their feet from sharp objects or if it is cold. It is important to allow your child to go barefoot regularly to help them develop balance, co-ordination and posture. Have your child’s shoes professionally fitted, which should include measuring each foot for length, width and girth. Children’s feet grow quickly and their shoe size may need updating every few months. Shoes that are too tight can hamper your child’s walking and cause problems, such as ingrown toenails, pressure points and perhaps even clawed toes.

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Commons concerns for parents

  • Abnormally shaped toes
  • Stiffness in the foot
  • Heel pain
  • Severe in-toeing or out-toeing
  • A sudden change in the way your child walks
  • Shoe wear is uneven
  • Pain in the feet and leg exists
  • Skin or toenail problems 
  • Bunions or other deformities
  • Limping
  • The child complains of pain while walking
  • Flat feet beyond the age of five years
  • If your child isn’t walking at all by two years of age
  • Lumps or bumps are evident on the feet
  • Tripping or falling occurs commonly

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