As your toddler grows, you will need to keep an eye on their feet and legs.
Good shoes and support are important. A child’s feet grow very quickly, so it’s good to keep an eye on whether their shoes still fit.
You’ll find you need to get a bigger pair quite often. Also, check that their socks are the right size.
It’s best to have shoes fitted when you buy them. Most shops have tools for measuring your toddler’s feet, and some salespeople have useful experience with helping you find a shoe that fits your toddler’s foot well.
You need to make sure there’s plenty of room for your child’s toes, and that the shoes are wide enough for all their toes to lie flat. Shoes should be long enough, but not so loose that the foot slips in the shoe.
It might look like your toddler has flat feet. This is because the arches often don’t appear until children are 2 to 3 years old —they are the curves half way down the inside of the foot.
Some children are pigeon-toed for the first 3 years—their feet and toes turn inwards to face each other.
It’s also normal for toddlers to appear bow-legged between 1 and 2 years of age—as if their leg curves outwards.
Talk to your Plunket nurse if you’re worried about any of this, or if your toddler doesn’t grow out of it.