Menu
Appointment (02) 4324 8081 Location & hours
Tips on improving your health

Your infant's feet and legs

Those fat, pudgy feet that seem so cute can be a source of concern to many parents, not because they are fat and pudgy, but because they may appear misshapen and unable to perform the tasks for which they were designed. The reason for this "deformed" appearance is because of the child's cramped position in the womb, which causes the bones in the feet to bend. Fortunately, in most cases, your baby's feet and legs will be fine once he/she begins to walk.

If you have concerns, it cannot hurt to consult your orthopaedist or physiotherapist; however here are some things you need not be concerned about:

Flat feet: Babies normally have flat feet, meaning there is no visible arch. This is because of fat pads under the bottom of the child's feet, which go away around 2 years of age, when the arch becomes visible.

Feet that turn in (in- toeing) or out (out-toeing): This is also due to the baby's position in the womb. As the child begins to walk, the feet should face forward.

Bowlegs and knock knees: This is another common occurrence in babies. They start out bowlegged and end up knock kneed around three years of age. Bowlegs usually straighten out by age four, with normal alignment occurring around nine to twelve years of age.

What should you be concerned about?

  • Flat feet that are stiff, painful and have tight heel cords.
  • Out-toeing or in-toeing which appears AFTER infancy. This should be evaluated by a physiotherapist or paediatric orthopaedist as the condition may interfere with the child's ability to play or take part in sports later on. Fortunately, in most cases, it goes away by itself.
  • Bowlegs and knock knees that differ on each side, or extreme curvature of the leg.
  • Your child's shoes: They should be soft, flexible, breathable and should be shaped like the child's foot. They should have 1-1½ cm between the end of the toe and the shoe.

Children learn by exploring their environment, and if they are unable to do this, their development can be stunted. Therefore, it is important to look after your child's feet and legs during infancy. If you notice anything that causes you concern, it won't hurt to consult your physiotherapist. We are here to help.


Disclaimer

Data and information is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended for any other commercial or non-commercial purposes. Neither we nor any of our data or content providers shall be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. By accessing our web site, a user agrees not to redistribute the information found therein. We provide customized links to select companies for your convenience only. We do not endorse or recommend the services of any company. The company you select is solely responsible for its services to you, the user. We shall not be liable for any damages or costs of any type arising out of or in any way connected with your use of our services. Plainly, we provide this content for your information only. You should not rely on any clinical information to diagnose or self manage a condition as that information may not apply to your particular problem. The information available through this or other content providers should not be substituted for professional clinical examination. Other content providers or linked sites may provide information or opinions which may differ from our own. We do not have any control over that information. We provide these links for your interest only and do not necessarily agree with that information.

Make an appointment

Put an end to unnecessary pain.

Appointment

Questions?

Call our friendly staff now.

(02) 4324 8081

Get free news

Sign up now. No spam.