Healthy feet have 26 bones, most of which at birth are just soft cartilage. During childhood these bones begin to ossify (harden) and are not fully developed until about the age of 18.
It is therefore very important during these formative years to look after children's developing feet. Having correctly fitting shoes will offer support where it's needed and will allow the foot to develop and grow without any restrictions.
Children's feet grow in spurts, most quickly in the early years, then slowing down as they get older. Shoes should be checked every 4-8 weeks up to about 3 years old, then every 8-12 weeks as they get older.
You shouldn't have to buy a new pair of shoes every time your child is measured, but it's important to have regular checks to make sure there is enough room for their growing feet.
Please come into 'Shoeting Stars' for free fitting and guidance. Always happy to help.