Childrens Podiatry | Clumsiness
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Why is my child clumsy?

Most babies are born flat footed. Most children’s arches develop in the feet as the child grows but some children never develop arches. A common concern with flat feet is clumsiness.Often children with flat feet experience clumsiness and fatigue from prolonged walking or running. Pain instability or an inability to walk, are often the first signs of a foot or ankle problem.

Signs and symptoms

Children who suffer from clumsiness often:

  • Have flat feet
  • Want to be carried
  • Are tired
  • Unable to keep up with other children
  • Often don’t participate in group activities
  • Have bruising
  • Injure themselves
  • Lack co-ordination
  • Lack balance


There are a number of different factors to consider that can contribute to clumsiness and can include:

  • Biomechanical position of the foot.
  • Genetics
  • Footwear
  • Activity level


Clumsiness may result from a combination of the above factors with the most common being a biomechanical or structural abnormality and this can lead the abnormal pronation in the foot.

If you have any concerns or queries about your child’s feet,
it’s best to consult with a Podiatrist.