Children's feet differ from those of adults, as they are not yet fully developed. At 6 months of age the foot is still mostly cartilage, in fact the last bone doesn't begin until children are about 3 years old. By the time we turn 18 the bones have fully matured. Sometimes children walk with their feet pointed inwards (in-toeing), outwards (out-toeing) or on their toes (tip-toes). In most cases, these variations in walking are a normal part of growth and development. Most children will grow out of these walking styles. If this walking type is only on one foot or leg, your child is tripping more than seems normal or if your child is not keeping up with their friends in regards to activity such as running and playing, a podiatrist may be able to assist.
A Child's foot grows in length and changes in shape over time. Arch development is individual thing and arch height or lack of an arch doesn’t always indicate that a child will have problems with their feet. If your child has pain or has a flat foot that looks different to their other foot, then a podiatrist can assist. Paediatric podiatry problems which we treat include gait assessment and correction, warts, severs disease, Osgood-Schlatter disease, footwear advice and growing pains.
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