Footwear for Children

It can be a perception that children need supportive footwear from the time they start walking to help with lower leg and foot development; however, this is generally not the case. Children’s feet will normally develop well on their own without the aid of special footwear. At a very young age, footwear is mainly worn to protect their feet from foreign objects or harsh surfaces.

As parents will know, kid’s feet grow at a rapid rate. On average, they will grow ½ a shoe size every 3 months from ages 18 months-3 years. After 3 years, they will grow approximately one size every year.

For boys foot growth will normally stop around the age 13-15 where girl’s feet will consolidate slightly earlier between ages 11-13.

What to look for in children’s footwear:

  • Sole to protect feet and add grip on smooth surfaces
  • Light weight
  • Fit well around the heel to stop foot sliding forward
  • Thumbs width from the longest toe to the end of shoe when they are standing
  • Enough width so that the toes are not falling over the sides of the shoe.

All children will develop at a different rate and age. If you have any concerns with your child’s foot or lower limb development, please contact Pro Podiatry SA to book an appointment.

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