Your Questions Answered

When should my baby start wearing shoes?

There is no best time for your child to start wearing shoes. Think about your child's needs and the purpose of the shoes. Our shoes are designed to accommodate children through all stages of development. Consider the environment they are in and if protection is needed.

How can I keep my baby's feet healthy?

We recommend measuring your baby's feet regularly to make sure you're buying the right footwear for the right stage of walking. Babies can have problems with pressure from nails on the skin if shoes or socks are too tight or ill-fitting.

Daily care should include washing and drying their feet, especially between the toes, whilst toenails should be trimmed often following the contour of the toe. Choosing socks made from natural fibres will help keep their feet cool.

Should my baby wear shoe's when they're learning to walk?

It is best to allow your child to go barefoot as often as possible in the early stages of walking. This allows the feet to feel the floor for stability. However, make sure there are no sharp objects that might cause injury and pop some shoes on when they're walking outside or in public places.

What is the difference between cruising and walking?

Cruising is the stage between crawling and walking. Cruisers typically use furniture to walk. They may also need to hold your hand and will look for three bases of support. Cruisers walk intermittently, fluctuating between days when they walk and days when they do not.

I think my child has flat feet; does it matter?

Young children do not have a visible arch on their foot. Soft tissue surrounds the foot, most prominently on the underneath to protect the developing foot from overloading. By the age of six years, the appearance of children's feet is similar to that of adults. Being flat-footed is sometimes visible but does not cause any problems. If your child complains of pain in the foot or lower limb, if it is interfering with engagement in activities or if they are unstable on their feet and 'clumsy', then please check with your podiatrist.

When will my child's feet stop growing?

On Average final foot length is reached by the age of 12 to 13 years in girls and 13 to 15 years in boys. Underlying structural development continues throughout adolescence.

Until the age of three years, foot length increases by approximately 2 mm a month. By the age of three, foot length has achieved two-thirds of its final length. Between the ages of three to five years, foot length growth slows to 1mm a month. Between the ages of five to twelve years foot growth slows further to approximately 8mm to 10mm in one year.

How often should I replace my child's shoes?

This depends on things like wear and tear, but most importantly it's about fit. You should measure or have your child's feet measured every six weeks.

Does my child need insoles?

Insoles for kids are usually used to help correct issues with posture or foot development. So, they should only be used if recommended by a foot-health professional (Podiatrist). If you are concerned about your child's physical development or are concerned by their walking pattern it's best to get them checked out by your GP or Podiatrist.

My child has knock-knees or is bow-legged, what should I do?

It is a part of normal development and growth for a child's knees to go from being bow-legged to knock-kneed is usually nothing to worry about. It typically disappears at the ages of 6 and 7 but can continue into adulthood. This can cause a prolonged or accentuated heel strike and pronation. Pronation is a natural movement and should not be of concern, unless your child complains of pain, it is interfering with their movement, or if it presents on one side and not the other. Rarely, the knee position can fall outside what would be considered a 'normal' range and need further investigation. If you are concerned about your child's gait and physical development visit your GP or Podiatrist.

Is it normal that my child's feet turn inward?

This is very common in young children as the developing leg and ankle bones cause the feet to rotate inwards. Their feet will usually align by the age of 7. However, if you're concerned and find their walking style is causing problems with their movement or is not improving, visit your GP or Podiatrist.

Why is it important to measure my child's feet?

Your baby's feet grow on average three sizes in their first year, then two sizes until they start school, and one size until they're in their late teens. But, of course, every child is different, so it's important to get their shoes checked and feet measured regularly by trained fitters.

How quickly do my child's feet grow?

Kids' feet grow very quickly. During their first three or four years, they can grow as much as two whole shoe sizes each year. By school age, this slows to about one whole size each year. Have your child's feet checked regularly to ensure they always have a shoe that fits properly and that this period of rapid growth progresses normally.