Paediatric Podiatry

Paediatric Podiatrist

pediatric podiatrist

If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s feet/legs, make an appointment! It is better for us to assess the lower limb/feet than you worrying about the problem and trying to ‘google or Wikipedia diagnose’ This is what we are best at, so instead of worrying- just make an appointment! Children’s feet are different from adult’s feet, they are not fully formed It is essential that your child is assessed and treated by a paediatric podiatrist in Sydney who is an expert in children’s feet. This is what we do all day every day!

Development of Children’s’ Feet

  • At 6mths of age the foot is still mostly cartilage
  • The final bone in the foot does not start to form from cartilage until 3yrs
  • By 18yrs (an adult) most bones in the body are fully formed
  • A child’s foot is flexible, therefore easily damaged from abnormal pressure
  • Shoes that are too small can damage a child’s foot

Development of Children’s’ Feet

  • At 6mths of age the foot is still mostly cartilage
  • The final bone in the foot does not start to form from cartilage until 3yrs
  • By 18yrs (an adult) most bones in the body are fully formed
  • A child’s foot is flexible, therefore easily damaged from abnormal pressure
  • Shoes that are too small can damage a child’s foot

Growing Feet

  • A child’s foot will double in size by the age of one year
  • The foot is approximately half their adult length by 18mths of age
  • Between the ages of 5 and 12 years the growth is approximately 9mm per year
  • An adult foot size is usually between 12 and 14 years of age
  • Socks and shoe sizes need to be changed frequently to accommodate for rapidly growing feet
  • Check shoe sizes every 1-3mths up to the age of 3 years, every 4mths then to the age of 5yrs, every 6mths from 5 years onwards
  • It is important that a shoe is fitted by a fitting specialist in children’s footwear to avoid discomfort and injury
  • Always measure and fit a shoe with the child standing as the foot spreads on weight-bearing

Growing Feet

  • A child’s foot will double in size by the age of one year
  • The foot is approximately half their adult length by 18mths of age
  • Between the ages of 5 and 12 years the growth is approximately 9mm per year
  • An adult foot size is usually between 12 and 14 years of age
  • Socks and shoe sizes need to be changed frequently to accommodate for rapidly growing feet
  • Check shoe sizes every 1-3mths up to the age of 3 years, every 4mths then to the age of 5yrs, every 6mths from 5 years onwards
  • It is important that a shoe is fitted by a fitting specialist in children’s footwear to avoid discomfort and injury
  • Always measure and fit a shoe with the child standing as the foot spreads on weight-bearing

What to look for in a Child’s Shoe

Common children’s conditions include: