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Ten facts about feet

There’s more to your child’s feet then just ten tiny tootsies

Posted: 29 March 2011
by Kate Donoughue

1. Your baby only has 22 out of the full 26 bones in her feet and the remaining few develop slowly throughout childhood, with the whole process finishing at around 16 to 18 years old.

2. Your baby's feet are formed from soft, pliable cartilage, which makes them more susceptible to malformation.

3. A baby's foot perspires at twice the rate of an adult's – so only use socks and shoes made of breathable, absorbent material.

4. The foot contains approximately 19 muscles.

5. Research has shown the use of baby walkers is associated with a delay in normal walking and activities such as standing and crawling. This is because baby walkers encourage joints to take load earlier than intended and the foot and lower limbs to move in an unnatural walking pattern.

6. If possible, do not put your child in the same shoes every day. Alternate shoes to allow them to dry out.

7. Have your children’s shoes checked every six to eight weeks as their feet grow, on average, two full sizes a year until they are four or five years old.

8. A young child’s foot is a different shape from that of an adult or teenager. It is triangular with a narrow heel and a broad front with the inner side of the foot angled inwards. An adult foot tends to have a rectangular shape when looking at the sole.

9. A child’s shoe heel should be no more than 1.5in (4cm) tall.

10. Unusual wear on your child’s shoes may be the first indication that there is a problem with the foot posture or general posture and should always be investigated by your registered podiatrist. Find a local podiatrist at

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