Children’s feet differ from those of an adult, as they are not yet fully formed. 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’s feet are soft and pliable making them prone to damage from abnormal pressure, such as shoes which are too small.
It is important to remember that each child is unique and they will move through the developmental stages at their own pace. A check-up with a podiatrist is recommended if you notice uneven shoe wear, skin lumps and bumps or if there is a history of tripping and falling or complaints of recurrent pain in the feet or legs.
If you have any concerns about your child’s feet or walking pattern, a visit with a podiatrist may help to determine if it is a developmental stage that they will grow through or if there is a condition present that may need treating.