'Don't worry—they'll grow out of it," is a common response to parents' concerns about the development of their child's feet or legs. In some cases, this can be true. However, as children grow, their feet undergo various stages of development. Don't dismiss your child's consistent complaints of aches as 'just growing pains'. The reason for persistent aches and cramps can sometimes be due to poor foot or leg posture.Your child may appear to have 'flat feet' for a period of time, which can be a normal stage in their development. However, there may be some cause for concern if your child remains flat-footed.
Sitting/sleeping positions may also affect your children's feet and leg development. In particular, try to discourage your children from 'frog sitting' with their knees turned in and feet turned out, sleeping on their tummies with feet turned out or sleeping on their front with their bottom in the air and the feet tucked under.