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J Pediatr Orthop. 1994 Jan-Feb;14(1):83-5.

Footprint analysis during the growth period.

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Division of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine, Brazil.


Static footprints were obtained from 672 healthy white subjects ranging in age from newborn to 15 years. The length of the footprint was measured and the medial longitudinal arch was evaluated. The findings showed that the feet grew most rapidly up to 3 years of age. From age 3 onward, the feet maintained an almost constant growth rate, which was the same for both sexes until age 12 years, when girls' feet stopped growing, but boys' feet exhibited further growth. From birth up to 2 years of age, there was a higher incidence of flat feet. Rapid progression of plantar arch development was observed between 2 and 6 years of age.

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