How Often Do Feet Grow?

How Often Do Feet Grow?

How Often Do Feet Grow? Your feet grow at different rates from the time you are a child to the time you are 100 years old, we will do a rough guide of foot growth through all of these years. It is not always easy to quantify exactly how many sizes per year a child will grow as we are all different and each country uses (as well as within each country) may you differently measured shoe sizes (not all are exact)

 How often do feet grow

Under six year old feet:

They grow at a relatively constant rate proportional to the body. Fore these age ranges a rough shoe size guide is:


  • Size 8- 30 to 36 mos.
  • size 8- 24 to 30 mos
  • size 6- 18 to 24 mos.
  • size 5- 12 to 18 mos.
  • size 4- 9 to 12 mos.
  • size 3- 6 to 9 mos.
  • size 2- 3 to 6 mos.
  • size1- g weeks to 3 mos.
  • size 0- Birth to 6 weeks
  • 00- Up to 6 lbs


Six to twelve year old feet:

The children are now growing at their fastest rate.  The average growth rate is approximately 1cm per year. So if you are thinking about buying some expensive shoes, skates or even skis- this is probably not the age for that! Wait until your children get a little bit older.


Thirteen to Seventeen:

The feet really slow down dramatically at this point and it may be considered that this is almost your final shoe size. Boys feet will continue to grow another 10% during these years (because we develop slow compared to girls!), while girls feet are essentially their full size but you should be aware that everyone is different so they still can grow a little bit.


Eighteen Years +:

At this point your skeletal structure is usually finished grown, but your foot size will not stay the same for ever!  General rules to follow are:

  • Feet can flatten out over time.
  • Increased size with increased weight.
  • Feet get wider as the ligaments become lax after years of weight bearing.
  • Everyone’s feet usually get wider, especially with obesity!
  • Use a Brannock device every year to get your foot length, arch length and width measured!


Fore more on how often do feet grow:

Children’s Feet


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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.