A child is not a mini version of an adult. There feet are constantly growing and because the foot is full of ligaments and soft muscles it can easily be manipulated and deformed. This is why its so important that young children wear loose fitting socks and their feet are not forced into tight shoes. Shoes are only required once a baby starts to learn to walk.
A child will go through many developmental stages. Its important to remember that each child is different and will move from one stage to another in there own time. The transition from lying to sitting up to crawling and then cruising and finally walking is merely a guide. Many children skip the crawling stage and go from a sitting up position to cruising. This does not necessarily mean that anything is wrong it just highlights the uniqueness of each child.
The developing foot can come across a lot of problems leading to stress and anxiety for both the child and parents. Often these “problems” are just different stages of the normal development process where all that is needed is some reassurance. However sometimes a more in depth assessment is required and that is where we can help. You should bring your child to be examined if they are complaining of pain or discomfort which is restricting them from completing there daily activities like participating in sporting events.
We will assess your child from the hip down to identify where the problem lies as often there is no problem within the feet and the issue lies higher up the skeletal tree. If this is the case then it is easily correctable through a tailored stretching and strengthening exercise program, footwear advice and insoles.