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Will my child grow out of having flat feet?

Baby foot
Fatty padding fills a baby’s arch.

Most children are born with extra fat in the arch area of the foot that will make most toddlers appear to have flat feet for the first few years. Also, nearly all children will have a degree of bow-legs until the age of two which is perfectly normal. It is wise to have your child checked by a podiatrist at age three if you think they look ‘normal’ or just a bit off track. See a podiatrist sooner if any of the following apply:

  • the child complains of pain
  • the child refuses to participate in a level of activity that is normal for his or her peers
  • the child tires more easily than other children of the same age
  • the child has poor walking coordination or trips over a lot


Child in trolley
Mum, I can’t walk any further.
None of these signs are normal and should be investigated as soon as they are noticed.  In most cases, treatment is relatively simple and is always painless for the child.  To learn more about childhood pain, see our Growing Pains Info Sheet.  Alternatively, use this link to return to the Podiatry FAQs Blog.

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