Development of children’s feet: What you need to know

When your child first begins to walk, shoes should only be used when protection is needed from the ground. Allowing children to go barefoot or only wearing very soft shoes helps the foot to develop and assists in strengthening muscles. Sometimes children walk with their feet pointed inwards (in-toeing) or outwards (out-toeing). In most cases, these variations in walking are a normal part of growth and development. Most children will grow out of these walking styles by the age of 2. If this walking type presents in only one foot or leg, your child is tripping more then seems normal or if your school-age child is not keeping up with their friends in regards to activities such as running and playing, a podiatrist may be able to assist.

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