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Timeline for Children’s Foot Growth

Many parents are interested in knowing how fast their child’s feet grow. It is common for toddlers to have new shoes every few months that can accommodate their growing feet. Research has indicated the feet grow approximately three-quarters of an inch per year during the ages of one and three, and will increase to half an inch between ages three and six. Some parents find it helpful for their child to wear open-toe shoes, such as sandals, which can give the toes adequate room to move freely. It is beneficial that the first pair of shoes is purchased when walking begins outside, which can protect the feet from various surfaces. Until that time, the overall foot can become stronger as the child walks barefoot while indoors. If you would like additional information about when and what type of shoes to purchase for your child, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with the knowledge you are seeking.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Ronald Pieroni, DPM of Bolingbrook Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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