The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones and 35 joints, held together and supported by scores of ligaments. A baby’s foot is padded with fat and is highly flexible. Children begin to walk anywhere between 8-15 months of age. Most toddlers are flat-footed when they first start walking, or tend to turn their feet inwards, because of poor muscle tone and weak ligaments in their feet. This will improve as the feet strengthen and changes to the position of the foot will be noticed up until the age of 6 years.
You should see your doctor or podiatrist if you are worried about your child’s feet or gait.