When do Your Feet Stop Growing Does it Affect Height?

Most of what we do here revolves around teaching people how to grow taller but some body parts do tie into that so let’s start from the ground up – when do your feet stop growing and does it affect your height at all? Are you going to have to throw out these shoes you love at some point or is it safe to buy a second pair?

While there is going to be some variation here and there the general rules are pretty clear-cut when it comes to when your feet will stop growing.

when do your feet stop growing

On average you can predict when do your feet stop growing based roughly on your growth spurts. For most of us, your feet will stop growing around the same time as you would normally stop growing which means as puberty slows down so will the growth of your feet. Keep in mind these ages are averages and if your feet may stop growing earlier or keep growing later.


When do Girls Feet Stop Growing?

Girls feet stop growing by age 16 on average

When do Boys Feet Stop Growing?

Guys feet stop growing by age 18 on average

Some people will reach their adult height sooner than this and others will continue to grow but that’s the norm. These are based on big studies so the averages are pretty solid but there is so much variance in our DNA it is impossible for anyone to say for sure exactly when your feet will stop growing.

Technically your feet size fluctuate constantly even during the course of the day but we’re talking a half size at best and it’s perfectly normal.

Does it affect your height?

Does When Your Feet Stop Growing Affect Your Height?

Well… Yes and no.

when do feet stop growing

Again on average foot size can be a rough indicator of height. But I’m 6’5 and only have size 9 feet (which is very small for my height I kinda like that though) whereas my brother is quite a lot shorter than me but has size 15 feet. Which he likes. When he’s not trying to find shoes that fit at least.

We’ve looked at what age do men stop growing before. We’ve looked at when girls stop growing as well. Your feet follow very similar patterns. That has led to some people making crazy assumptions about the correlation. If they can make their feet bigger it’ll make them taller!

… Not quite. Or at all in fact. Not at all based on reality, I’m afraid.

Though I did once speak to a guy who wore shoes a size too big because he honestly thought it would convince his feet to grow so he’d be taller. Poor guy.

According to podiatrists, the first year of a child’s life is the most significant period in the growth of the feet. This is the most sensitive period of feet growth and if negatively influenced it can lead to permanent feet defects that the child has to live with for the rest of his or her life. It is also argued that foot growth in children is influenced by hereditary factors and this explains why feet sizes of people differ. Some people have large, others medium and others small feet sizes depending on the hereditary genes they inherited from their parents during conception. If all factors remain constant meaning no unpleasant or undesirable pressures are applied to the feet, it is possible for podiatrists to explain the growth pattern of the feet on the basis of gender and age.

A kid’s foot is so flexible and soft and this means that abnormal and unpleasant pressure caused by things like poor fitting shoes that are too tight can adversely affect the growth of the child’s feet. It is also advisable to keep a child who is learning how to walk barefoot to allow normal and natural foot development. If you have to put anything on the child’s feet as you train him or her how to walk let it be something soft like socks.

A kid’s foot records about one centimeter growth in a year. Fro the time of birth to four years, the feet grow twofold in terms of length. This is uniform for both boys and girls but it is worth to note that after four years, the difference in growth rate starts to emerge. The girl child records faster growth of the foot compared to the boy child. It is of importance though to have in mind that fast growth rate refers to maturation and eventual halt of feet growing and not necessarily the size. This means that girls’ feet stop growing earlier than those of boys.

Now I know the question in your mind is when do your feet stop growing? Hold on because that is my next stop. At the age of ten years, most girls have completed almost 85% of foot growth and at the age of fourteen years, most girls will have completed the growth of their feet. The case is slightly different though for their male counterparts as most of the boys achieve complete foot growth at the age of sixteen years.

The explanation given by podiatrists and other biologists as to why feet stop growing is the fact that the metatarsals and phalanges bones responsible for the growth of the feet are small compared to other long bones of the body and they start their development very early that is at around the third month of fetal development when other bones of the body are yet to kick off their developmental process.

Remember when I said feet were constantly growing? The temperature, the weight on them, the time of day and the type of shoes you’re currently wearing all vary your foot size just a little as the day goes on. But there are other factors as well.

However, pregnancy affects the size of the feet. A woman’s feet can record at least half a size increase in size during pregnancy. Feet also increase in size if the individual becomes large in size. It is, however, worth to note that if your feet record an increased size due to pregnancy or an increase in body size that does not point to the feet growing. The bottom line is that by the end of the teenage years your feet would have stopped growing.

So my dear reader, if you have best shoe collections and you are past your adolescence, fear no more than your feet might grow and force you to buy new pairs. The only two ways your feet can increase in size past teenage years is due to pregnancy and even then that’s not guaranteed.

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