Parents Can Help Kids Avoid Foot Problems With The Right Shoes

surgeon-foot-los-angelesDid you know that your child’s feet can grow up to two sizes in six months?

Before you head to the store to buy your kids some shoes,  there are a few things you should know before you fork over you heard-earned cash.

Keep reading for tips on how the right shoes can prevent and minimize foot problems!

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Kids’ shoes lose their shock absorption over time, so check your offspring’s current shoes for proper cushioning and arch support. Replace any shoes with wear and tear around the edges of the sole. Remember, worn-out shoes increase the chances for heel pain, Achilles tendonitis and even ankle sprains and stress fractures.

When buying shoes, check to see that the toe box flexes easily and the shoe doesn’t bend in the middle of the sole. A good fit length-wise for a child’s shoe is about a finger’s width from the end of the shoe to the tip of the big toe.

Tight shoes can cause blisters, corns and calluses, blisters on the back of the heels or ingrown nails, which can become infected. Signs of infection from ingrown nails include pain, redness or fluid draining from the area.

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 needed.

Foot problems are common in children due to their high levels of physical activity, but it is easy for foot symptoms and issues to go unnoticed. Common symptoms to look out for include ankles turning in more than usual, foot arch flattening, cramping and a big change in physical activity or a lack of desire to play outside.

Every bone in the foot has a growth plate. Many of them remain open, allowing growth, through the teenage years. Before the growth plate is closed and fully developed, young people’s foot problems can be difficult to treat. Fortunately, foot and ankle doctors are trained in this area of caring for bones that are still developing in children.

If you (or your child) have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.

Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.

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