Children's feet differ from adults, as they are not yet fully formed. They are softer and more pliable making them prone to damage from abnormal pressure, such as shoes which are too small or lacking support.
At six months of age the foot is still mostly cartilage, in fact the last bone doesn't begin to form until children are about three years old. By 18 years, most of the bones are fully formed.
Children usually begin to walk any time between 10 and 24 months of age.
It is important to remember that each child is unique and will move through the developmental stages at their own pace.
A check-up for your child with a Podiatrist is recommended if:
- You notice uneven shoe wear.
- You notice any skin rashes, hard skin lumps or bumps on your child's feet.
- Your child complains of recurrent pain in the feet and/or legs.
- You child is constantly tripping or falling.
- Or you have any other concerns about your child's feet.