When Do Your Feet Stop Growing? (The Answer Might Just Surprise You!)

My 10-year old nephew has a sister who is a year older than he is. Both of them practically have the same height, their body dimensions are also similar, but here’s an intriguing oddness between the two: the former is armed with longer feet than the latter.

And if you factor me in the equation, the whole situation is made a lot more complicated as my nephew and I sport the same length of feet. This begs me to ask: when do your feet stop growing?


Today, I’ll be revealing some of the facts that concern the growth of our feet: its development, the cessation of its growth, and the underlying factors that enlarge or elongate them.

In our discussion, your age-old myths are also bound to be crushed, but I’m hoping that after that, a sense of enlightenment is achieved right before you get into that frenzied right to bragging about your prowess on feet growth!

So, When Do Your Feet Stop Growing?

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Yes, your feet stop growing at some point. But that doesn’t mean they cease to grow during these phases. There are varying factors that need to be considered when one must be certain in answering this query.

Different Factors That Affect The Growth Of Your Feet

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1. Genetics

The first on our list is the hereditary factors. These play a major role in determining whether your feet will still grow at some point or not.

Also, our genetic background is key to determining if we’re bound to get a pair of bigger feet in the future. Meanwhile, our feet start to grow their bones right during the third and fourth month when we’re still unborn.

2. Pre-teen Years

Our feet are all bound to grow longer when we’re between 9 to 11 years old. These changes are especially noticeable as our phalanges and metatarsals are expanding rapidly during this stage.

The growth continues during our adolescent stage or also known as the “spurt growth.” When we get in the age between 18 and 20, the so-called “lengthening” on our growth plates is all pulled into a stop.

3. Gender

The male feet are longer than that of females. A pair of girl’s feet may complete its growth up to 90 percent at the age of ten; and if you’re a boy, you should be completing it by 80 percent.

Young women, when they eclipse the age of 14, are expected to stop growing while boys should cease with their growth at 16.

4. Hormones

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Our bodily hormones also can influence the growth of our feet. These include thyroid hormones, sex hormones, and growth hormones.

They can affect the stretching of your ligaments which can greatly affect the foot’s pattern of growth. In fact, some people’s foot growth is noticeable even when they hit the ripe age of 50.

5. Nutrition & Supplements

If you’re naturally predisposed with nutritious components in your body right from the start, the chances are that your feet’s growth and development are more pronounced than the others.

The same can be said for people whose supplements are updated and are taken religiously.

These supplements can affect the development of bones. A healthy food intake is also equally important if you want to support the health and growth of your bones.

6. Amount Of Pressure

Whenever you’re quite watchful in terms of feet’s growth or that you still want to grow them, it’s a must that you take note of the amount of pressure that you apply to them. Shoes or footwear that are both tight and poorly-fitted are bound to restrict their natural growth.

And if you will, ensure that you choose the best fit for your shoe size toward your feet off from this unnecessary restraint. The duration in which you stand by the day (or night) also contribute to that pressure.

To alleviate this, one must know the right insoles to protect your feet.

7. Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is very much the time in which hormones in a woman’s body are imploding. This state causes a woman’s foot to grow as chemicals are being released, loosening the ligaments right on their feet.

Apart from this, the weight of all mothers tends to get beefed up while their feet carry an additional weight or load. As such this will result in a set of flat feet, lowering the arches and adding up to their elongation. This is one of the reasons as well as to why certain shoes or footwear are recommended when you’re pregnant.

8. Weight

While we’re at it, an increase in weight which subsequently leads to the feet’s lengthening doesn’t only apply to women.

When we begin to age, our feet enlarge due to the tendons and ligaments whose elasticity is lessened. This also results in their inability to hold toe fingers and joints altogether.

9. Foot Conditions

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There are foot conditions that bring about length on our feet. Perhaps one of the most common of these circumstances is bunions.

A bunion is known as the bony growth at the bottom of your big toe; bunions are either hereditary or acquired through wearing tighter-than-usual footwear. It is crucial that your shoes have the right fit: not too tight and not too loose.

Final Thoughts

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Our feet stop growing physiologically at some point and grow “mechanically” due to some, varying conditions. That very much answers our question at hand: when do your feet stop growing?

It very much makes sense now as to why my niece and nephew have different feet sizes: they are of different ages, gender, and may have been subjected to conditions in which may have contributed to their distinctive sizes.

On the other hand, one must be aware enough to know what makes our feet longer or shorter especially if you’re conscious about your feet size.

If you’re aiming for longer feet, ensure that you don’t restrict them and take some necessary supplements; if your feet are longer-than-usual, then there are also ways to restrict them.

All said, our feet grow physiologically and mechanically; these aspects also contribute to their eventual cessation if we must go that route.

Emily Brathen

Hi there! I'm Emily Brathen. I am a fitness and yoga instructor and a mom of one. Despite my hectic schedule, I still find time for doing the thing I love most - fitness and yoga. I love doing and teaching fitness and yoga because in my own little way, I am able to encourage people to take health and fitness back into their own hands.

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