A newborn’s foot is formed entirely of cartilage, a malleable tissue that will be transformed into bone through a long and complex process. The bone mass of the foot is formed by about the age of 3 but is not fully mature until sometime between the ages of 18 and 21.
This means that children’s feet require special care, not only before the age of 3 but until the child has fully grown into an adult.
Generally speaking, good posture and preventive exercises are sufficient to ensure proper development of the feet. In some cases, however, the podiatrist needs to intervene to correct existing or potential problems.
The most common foot problems in children are:
- Gait problems (the feet point inwards or outwards)
- Flat foot
- Weak ankles
- Pain in the heels, knees, hips or back
- Ingrown toenails
- Plantar warts
Your podiatrist can guide you in choosing the most appropriate treatment for your child. Feel free to set up an appointment.