Knowing how fast your child’s feet are going to grow plays an integral part in the decision making process when picking out a pair of the cutest footwear for your little one. While foot growth can vary from child to child as well as being affected by a number of other factors, such as age and gender, the science tells us that we can accurately predict how fast your child’s feet will grow.
Why is it important?
The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones and 35 joints which will not fully fuse together until the child reaches their teenage years, which is why it is important to care for your children’s feet appropriately.
It has been long established that having the correct footwear for your child can aid their overall development in terms of walking and posture as they grow through childhood. Also, children who wear the correct footwear are less likely to suffer from feet-related issues such as, blisters, ingrowing toenails and athlete’s foot as well as offering adequate protection against sharp objects.
So How Fast Do Children’s Feet Actually Grow?
As mentioned earlier, there are a number of factors that can affect your child’s foot growth and it is very common to see growth come in spurts rather than in a steady fashion. However, with that being said,
0 – 4 years
During this time the research tells us that your child’s feet will grow anywhere up to two whole sizes per year. While your child’s feet are currently growing at the fastest rate that they ever will, you can still expect a nicely fitting shoe to last a good amount of time during this period.
At this stage your child’s feet growth will begin to slow; growing on average around one whole size per year. During this time you want to look for a shoe with a solid, sturdy base to aid their walking and posture as well as supporting their feet properly – thus avoiding the onset of issues such as flat feet. Rubber soles are ideal too in order to minimise the risk of slipping or tripping!
Either way, we’d recommend buying a shoe that is slightly too loose rather than too tight in order to maximise longevity and, as research suggests this allows your child’s feet to grow freely inside the shoe without restriction. A good fitting pair of cotton socks are vital too as, especially with toddlers who are constantly on the move, as they can aid breathability and reduce the risk of your little one developing issues such as sores, blisters, ingrowing toenails and athlete’s foot, as mentioned previously.