Children’s Legs and Development

Childrens legs and development

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What a magical thing to see your little precious baby progress into an infant, a toddler, a child, and then an adult. Our bodies are amazing in how they develop to suit the next stage.

From infancy to childhood, you may notice your child is slightly bow-legged which will cause your bub to initially walk with their feet quite wide apart. The legs will then straighten, and you may notice a slight genu valgum (or knock knee) appearance and eventually, they will straighten.

One thing that is important to note is bow-legs and knock knees can be normal for a child’s development and very rarely need treatment. One thing to think about is if you walked into a day-care or primary school you would notice plenty of knock knees and possible pigeon-toed children, but if you walked into a university, you would maybe only notice 1 or 2. This is because during growth children will pass through these phases and by the age of 8-10 will settle in nicely to how their adult legs will look.

How can a Podiatrist help you?
There are still a small number of children that will require treatment if their biomechanics are considered outside the normal range.

Often with our children’s assessment, they end in reassurance, some fun activities to do at home to build strength and stability and create a confident happy toddler.

As shown above, you will see that development can be quite vast, some babies develop early and some like to take their time. If you are worried about your child and their development best to have it looked at for your reassurance.

Delayed milestones can be sometimes common and normal in babies and toddlers, but in the odd case, there may be an underlying issue to your child’s clumsiness or foot position. It’s important to identify these early in a child’s development so intervention can be efficient and successful.

Our friendly Podiatrists are very skilled in the assessment of babies and toddlers, rest assured you are in good hands at Central Podiatry.


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