Children's Feet Adelaide
At Adelaide Podiatry Centre’s we have a special interest in children’s feet.
“Car tyres can be replaced repeatedly. A person can replace a knee twice. You can never replace yours or your child's feet. You only get one pair for life.”
Compared to adult’s feet, children’s feet are very different. They are extremely flexible and the bones are soft.
While your children’s feet are still growing they are extremely susceptible to injury:
- womb position
- inappropriate footwear (usually too small and unsupportive)
- hereditary influences
- poor development
Each child develops at their own individual pace. They usually start walking at 10-24 months of age. Shoes are not necessary when they start walking indoors. Allowing infants to go barefoot or with socks on promotes the grasping actions of their toes. Some children will walk with flat feet, intoe (pigeon-toed), out-toed (duck-walking) or on their toes (toe walking). In most cases these variations are common and resolve. If these patterns persist after two years of age, or you have concerns, your child should visit a podiatrist.
Intoe/Out Toe Gait
Unfortunately, children can’t always explain what they’re feeling other than saying it hurts. It is therefore vital for parents and people involved in the child’s upbringing, to pay close attention to the development of your child’s feet.
Get your children’s feet checked today and protect their future!