The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones and 35 joints, held together and supported by scores of ligaments.

Babies feet are padded with fat and are highly flexible. Children begin to walk anywhere between 8 and 18 months of age. Most toddlers are flat-footed when they first start walking or tend to turn their feet inwards, because of poor muscle tone and weak ligaments in their feet. This will improve as the feet strengthen. Always see your podiatrist or doctor if you are concerned about your child’s feet or gait.

Children’s feet differ from those of adults. Usually 10cm at birth, they will double in size in the first year.

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