The development of children’s feet and lower limbs are critical to ensure that they are able to enjoy a happy, healthy and active adult life. We’ve put together this great offer to assess you child’s feet and footwear before they head back to school in 2024.

For only $99* (normally $185) we are offering new patients, aged between 4 and 17 years a comprehensive foot and footwear analysis, including;

  • An initial podiatry assessment
  • Foot function screening
  • Muscle strength testing
  • Gait analysis
  • Footwear evaluation

We will even be able to make recommendations on footwear for the coming year.

Back to School 2024

To get this offer, fill our your details below, you’ll then be redirected to a brochure download page. Print or save the brochure and book an appointment at your local clinic. We look forward to seeing you.

If you have more than one child please enter the age of the eldest child.


Terms & Conditions

*Terms & Conditions Apply: For health fund members: if your rebate is equal to or more than $99, NO GAP will apply (if your rebate is less than $99, the difference will apply). $99 for non-health fund members. Valid for new My FootDr patients only. For more information, please contact your local My FootDr clinic. Please present this voucher at your appointment to receive the comprehensive consult $99 price. Valid for one use only. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. The comprehensive consultation ONLY includes: an initial podiatry assessment, gait analysis, footwear evaluation, foot function screening, and muscle strength testing for children aged between 4 and 17 years old. If any additional treatment is required, these additional costs will be explained by the podiatrist during the consultation. Not available at all clinics, please contact you local clinic to see if this offer is available, Booking must be made before 31st March 2024.

When do feet stop growing
When Do Feet Stop Growing?

You may be a parent wondering if buying your child that new pair of shoes is a good idea, or if they’ll just outgrow them at the speed of light like they did with the last pair. You may have gone up a shoe size recently and have found yourself wondering didn’t my feet stop growing years ago?

Whatever the reason you’re here, the podiatry team at My FootDr have answered this age-old question and given you all the ins, outs and exceptions below.

It starts with growth plates

Quick anatomy lesson: every single growing bone has one or likely multiple growth plates. Growth plates are specific areas within a bone made of cartilage where the body adds new bone to. Simply put: they’re how our bones grow. In long bones like our shin bone, there’s a growth plate present at both the top and the bottom of the bone.

Traditionally, feet stop growing when our growth plates harden

When we’ve reached maturity, as determined by our body and hormones, our growth plates turn from being softer and more vulnerable to injury to hard, solid bone. This makes them indistinguishable from the rest of the bone, and the body is no longer able to add new bone cells in there to grow the bone. Hence, we stop growing.

The process of our growth plates hardening is unnoticeable and not painful or symptomatic, so you won’t even know it has happened – and unfortunately in the case of your child, you won’t know until some time passes and their feet haven’t increased in size, that it has occurred. 

While your child’s feet are still growing and have these growth plates, they are vulnerable to problems like growing pains and fractures of the growth plate – which may even slow down the growth rate of the bone. If you’re worried about foot or leg pain in kids, bring them to your local My FootDr centre for a check up.

The magic number varies for everyone

As growth plates often close near the end of puberty, there is no magic number to work with. For some, this may be as early as 14 years, while for others, their feet may only stop growing around the age of 18 or beyond. Boys do tend to stop growing earlier than girls – but this is a generalisation. If your child is currently going through a growth spurt – their feet are almost certainly still growing.

Feet can change size in adults, but they don’t grow

When it comes to growing feet in adults, you’ll likely be right if you feel that your feet may have changed size, but this won’t actually be the feet ‘growing’. There are a number of conditions, causes and foot problems that affect the posture and alignment of the feet, which in turn affects their size. For example, if you were to go from having a nicely arched foot, to one that is significantly flatter, then your foot will be longer and wider, and you may not fit your normal shoes comfortably. 

Reasons for feet changing size in adults include:

  • Pregnancy – increases foot size due to the hormone Relaxin which loosens the ligaments and connective tissues, so the feet tend to flatten
  • Tight, small shoes – can cause our toes to claw and therefore our feet will appear smaller due to the reduced toe length
  • Thongs and similar shoes that encourage our toes to grip the ground – also encourage muscle and ligament contracture resulting in the claw or hammertoe position which can make our foot length appear smaller
  • Age – from our 50’s onwards, our ligaments tend to lose some of the strength and flexibility they once had, and stretch. This means our feet can get bigger and wider
  • Weight – as your weight increases or decreases, you may find that your foot size does too due to the added mass
  • Swelling – a number of medical conditions, as well as lifestyle factors, can cause our feet to swell and therefore influence the size of our feet – and definitely the shoe size we need to walk comfortably

Unfortunately, when our feet flatten, the tissues, ligaments and muscles in our feet are more easily strained and overused, which can quickly lead to foot pain. This is why often use solutions like custom foot orthotics to keep feet and arches well supported, maximising comfort and reducing the risk of injury.

Worried about the changes you’re seeing in your or your child’s feet?

While changes to the feet in both adults and kids can be normal, remember that foot pain is never normal, and that if you’re worried about something you’ve noticed then trust your gut instinct and come in for a foot health check. 

Our experienced podiatry team perform comprehensive assessments that look at everything from muscle and joint strength, flexibility and function, to a postural assessment, to a detailed video gait analysis and more. This gives us a complete picture of what’s happening with your feet – and what we can do to help.

Book your appointment online here or call us on 1800 FOOTDR

Back To School Shoe Guide 2021

Back To School Shoe Guide 2021

With the new school year just around the corner, it’s fantastic to see the kids decorating their school books, getting their bags and uniforms ready and getting excited about what classes they’ll be in. But what about their feet?

Having the right gear and care for their feet is an easy and simple way to help your child get the best start to the school year!  Two healthy feet can keep your student feeling comfortable, out of pain, able to run and play with their friends, and not miss out on school activities and sports.

To help, My FootDr has put together our top 5 ways to start this school year on the right foot!

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Kids playing at home

We’re podiatrists – and we’re parents too! Social distancing or not, making sure our kids get enough physical activity is a priority for us because we know the impact it has not just on their strength, coordination, flexibility and posture, but on their confidence too. With many social distancing protocols still in place across Australia, we’re sharing the ways that we are keeping our kids active when they’re at home.

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In-toeing is the position where the feet turn in to face one another, and is often referred to as pigeon-toeing. For many kids, in-toeing is a normal part of early development as kids learn to walk and find their feet. While this foot position should correct itself before the age of four, it can persist and cause tripping, falling, clumsiness and pain as a result of these incidents.

When in-toeing persists, specific orthotics called gait plates can be used to encourage the feet to turn out. Today, we’re sharing what gait plates are and how they may be able to help your child with their in-toeing.

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