When babies are born their feet are structured around soft cartilage that gradually ossifies into bones.
After a year or so, the feet are sufficiently strong to take the child’s weight when walking. However, the process still has a long way to go before the bones are fully hardened. That takes place at adolescence. So for the first 12 years or so, you have to be especially vigilant.
As your child grows, look for anything that strikes you as unusual and come to Active Life Podiatry if you see something worrying or your child is in pain. Deformities do not always correct themselves unaided.
Many musculo-skeletal conditions of the child’s feet and legs are treatable at the very least we can advise on such conditions at an early stage even if treatment is not needed.
Here are some typical conditions to look out for in children:
Symptoms Possible Diagnosis