Foot Fact- Part 2

The younger the foot, the faster it grows.

The greatest changes in foot growth occur in the first 3 years. On average, a child will grow up to 9 sizes in their first three years. Here's a breakdown: From birth to 12 months, they will grow an average of 5 sizes, (from a 0 to a 5). Then from 12 months to 24 months, the average child will only grow two shoe sizes. From 24 months to 3 years, they will grow another one to two sizes, landing them at an average size 9 by the age of three. Because of this rapid growth, doctors recommend getting your toddler’s foot measured at least once every three months to ensure that their shoes fit properly. Shoes that are too small can deform the toes and permanently damage the skeletal structure of the foot. Now, this may mean getting your child a new pair of shoes every 3 to 6 months until they are 3, but after the age 4, you can count on your child lasting in one size for about 8 to 12 months. (This does not include exceptions due to growth spurts however).