Children's feet are constantly growing. The foot is full of ligaments and soft muscles, so it can easily be manipulated and deformed. It is extremely important that young children wear loose fitting socks and their feet are not forced into tight shoes. Shoes are only required once a child is learning to walking.
A child will go through many developmental stages. It is important to remember that each child is different and will move from one stage to another in there own time. The transition from lying, to sitting-up, to crawling, then cruising and finally walking is merely a guide. Many children skip the crawling stage and go from a sitting-up position to cruising. This does not necessarily mean that anything is wrong. It simply highlights the uniqueness of each child.
The developing foot can experience many problems, leading to stress and anxiety for both the child and parents. Often these “problems” are just different stages of the normal development process, and all that is needed is some reassurance. However, sometimes a more in-depth assessment is required and this is where we can help. You should bring your child to be examined if they are complaining of pain or discomfort, which is restricting them from completing their daily activities, such as participating in sporting events.
We will assess your child from the hip down to identify where the problem lies. It is common for the problem not to be within the feet, and the source of the issue may be from higher up the skeletal tree. If this is the case, then it is easily correctable through a tailored stretching and strengthening exercise program, footwear advice and insoles.