How fast do children’s feet grow

How fast do children's feet grow

How often do I need to measure my child’s growing feet?

Children’s feet grow in spurts and need to have their feet size checked every six to eight weeks when they’re a toddler and every three to four months when older. Children’s feet will continue to grow until their mid teens.

Children seem to outgrow their shoes almost immediately. How quickly they outgrow their shoes and need to have there shoe size checked depends on their age.

Age

Measure Feet

Shoe Sizes / Year

1 to 3

4 – 6 weeks

2

3 to 4

6 – 8 weeks

2

4 to 6

10 – 12 weeks

1 ½

6 to 12

10 – 12 weeks

1 ½

Toddlers need shoes every few months. Kids need shoes a couple times a year. How many shoe sizes they grow each year depends on their age.

 

Age

Foot Growth / Year

Shoe Sizes / Year

1 to 3

¾ in (18 mm)

2

3 to 6

½ in (12 mm)

1 ½

6 to 12

½ in (12 mm)

1 ½

 

During the first year of a child’s life their feet grow rapidly, reaching almost half their adult size.  By 12 years old, a child’s foot is about 90% of its adult length for boys and 98% of its adult length for girls.

 

Age

Boys Add’l Growth

Girls Add’l Growth

12 to 17

10% total

2% total

 

Children’s feet grow erratically in fits and starts. Their feet can grow by at least half a size every few months.

Feet don’t stop getting larger in adult life. Most people’s foot size can increase 1½ sizes or more throughout their adult life. As people age, their feet flatten out causing an increase in length and/or width.

 

If you think you know your foot size most likely you could be off, 85% of people underestimate their shoe size by at least a half size.

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