What about toddler foot development problems?

Developmental problems are much less common than the minor ailments and in many cases resolve themselves. However, they may also need treatment. So if you suspect a developmental problem with your toddler's feet, talk to your child's podiatrist or chiropodist. 

Here are some of the more common developmental foot conditions:

  • Flat feet is normal in toddlers. This is partly due to posture, and partly because they have more fat than adult feet. By the time your child's five, his/her arches should naturally be more developed.
  • In-toeing and out-toeing are when toddlers walk with their feet turning inwards ("pigeon-toed") or outwards. Chances are it will correct itself as your toddler becomes more confident on their feet. In most cases, in-toeing and out-toeing get better on their own by the age of eight or nine.
  • Toe walking is when a child walks on her toes, without putting much weight on her heels. It's normal in young toddlers, but shouldn't usually persist after s/he is three years old. If it does, check with a pediatric foot specialist. 
  • Talipes (club foot) is a congenital condition where one or both feet bend inwards and downwards. It affects about one in 1,000 babies born in the US/UK combined. Experts are unsure of the cause, but it's thought that genetic factors can play a part, as it sometimes runs in families.Treatment for club foot begins soon after birth and usually involves physiotherapy to manipulate the foot gently back into shape.

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