Many adult foot problems have their origins in childhood. During the first year of a child’s life, their feet grow rapidly, reaching almost half their adult size. By 12 years of age, a child’s foot is about 90 percent of its adult length. This is why Podiatrists at the NQ Foot and Ankle Centre consider the early years to be the most important in the development of feet. Neglecting foot health can also lead to problems in other parts of the body, such as the legs, hips and lower back.
“Don’t worry – they’ll grow out of it”, is a common response to parents’ concerns about the development of their children’s feet. In some cases this may be true, however, as children grow, their feet and legs undergo various stages of development. Podiatrists at the NQ Foot and Ankle Centre will be able to advise you whether your child’s development falls within acceptable limits for their age, or if treatment may be required. Don’t dismiss your child’s consistent complaints of aches as “just growing pains”.