Parents: Know How to Buy the Right Shoes for Your Child's Feet
sole. Don’t let your child choose shoes if they already feel tight and uncomfortable in the store - they won’t fit any better when you get home.
| Did you know that your child’s feet can grow up to two sizes in six months? You need to account for this rapid growth when buying shoes. Be careful, though, not to simply buy shoes that are too big and assume they’ll grow into them - oversized shoes cause the foot to slide forward, putting excessive pressure on the toes. A good fit is about a finger’s width from the end of the show to the tip of the big toe. Check to see that the toe box flexes easily and that the shoe doesn’t bend in the middle of the || |
If you haven't checked your child's shoes recently, now is a good time.
Follow these basic instructions to finding the perfect fit for growing feet:
• Look for proper cushioning and arch support. Shoes lose their shock absorption over time.
• Wear and tear around the edges of the sole usually means it's worn out and needs to be replaced.
• Shoes that are too tight can cause blisters, corns and calluses on your child's toes, blisters on the back of the heels or ingrown toenails.
• Children with flat feet need shoes with a wide toe box, maximum arch support and shock absorption. The best shoes to buy are oxford, lace-up shoes that have enough depth for an orthotic insert, if necessary.
The basics of a good fit also apply to athletic shoes. Also, for comfort and injury prevention, children who regularly participate in a sport should wear shoes designed specifically for the demands of that sport. For example, tennis shoes are designed for side-to-side motion. When shopping for a general athletic shoe, cross-trainers are a suitable choice. If specific socks are requires as part of a uniform (for example, soccer socks), have your child wear these socks, or ones of the same thickness, to try on the shoes.
If a child is having trouble walking and running, and is experiencing pain despite properly fitting shoes, a check-up with our office could be in order.
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Doctors of podiatric medicine are podiatric physicians and surgeons, also known as podiatrists, qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.
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