Your children’s feet are not just smaller versions of yours. Children's feet can demonstrate numerous problems specific to their age and stage of normal development.
The bones in children’s feet do not become fully hardened until about the age of 16-18 years. The softer nature of the bones during childhood allows them to grow and develop.
This softer nature also makes them more susceptible to abnormal forces that could potentially delay or stop their normal development.
‘Growing pains’ have been thought of as a normal part of childhood development for many years however I don’t believe any pain should be regarded as normal in your healthy active child.
Pain is your body’s way of telling us you that something is not right.
Painful feet and legs, pain with activity and a reluctance to join in with normal childhood activities are all signs of potential problems and need to be assessed.
Pain is a big reason children move away from sports and, with the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, it is something we all need to take seriously.
At Complete Podiatry we love working with you and your children to ensure they have every chance develop as they should and continue their love of childhood activity.