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Fascinating Facts About Children's Feet

Children's feet are incredible and unique in their own right, with a few distinct characteristics worth exploring. Unlike adults, children's feet are not fully formed and are composed of softer cartilage, which gradually hardens into bone as they grow. During the early years, their arches are not fully developed, which is why many children have flat feet. Their arches typically develop by the age of six. Children's feet also grow rapidly, with their shoe size changing approximately every few months in their early years. It is important for parents to ensure their children wear shoes that fit correctly, as ill fitting shoes can lead to foot problems. Additionally, kids often have more sweat glands in their feet than adults, making them prone to sweaty and sometimes smelly feet. Understanding these facts about children's feet can help parents better care for their little ones' foot health as they embark on their journey of growth and exploration. If you would like more information about children’s feet, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking. 

If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Causes of Foot Pain in Children

While children can experience many of the same foot problems as adults do, some foot problems may be more common during childhood. 

Causes of foot pain in children can include:

  • Deformities that are present from birth, such as flat feet or clubfoot

  • Sever’s disease, which is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone

  • Various sports injuries, such as sprains and fractures 

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Plantar warts


It is important to look after the health of children’s feet in order to prevent future problems from arising. Keep your child’s feet clean and dry, trim their toenails regularly, ensure their shoes fit properly, and keep a watchful eye on any symptoms of foot pain, such as limping. If you notice any symptoms or if your child complains of foot pain, a chiropodist can help. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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