One of the most important purchases for any parent should be a pair of proper fitting shoes for their child.
For many parents, shoe shopping may seem easy, but there are several things you should look for.
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It’s a good idea to check your children’s shoes to make sure that what they’re wearing is still working. Look for worn areas, or broken seams. If the sides are wearing out more quickly than the rest of the shoe, then they may not be wide enough.
Toes that bend upwards are also a sign of shoes that don’t fit right, while worn out toes or heels can also mean it’s time for a new pair of shoes.
Have your children’s feet measured when buying shoes. They should be measured while standing and always have both feet measured. Since one foot is usually larger than the other, buy shoes for the larger foot size.
When your child is wearing the shoes, there should be a bit of room between the front of the shoe toe and the edge of your child’s toes, about a half inch.
With the rate that children outgrow shoes, you may want to buy shoes that are too big, but don’t buy shoes that are more than one size too large for your child. Shoes that are too big can cause a child to trip and develop foot problems.
The heel of the shoes should rest snugly, but not tightly around the back of the child’s heel. Don’t fall for that old shoe sale trick about “breaking in shoes” over time. Shoes need to be immediately comfortable.
Children’s shoes should have laces, velcro or some other fastening system. Avoid backless or slip-on shoes and look for shoes made from breathable materials, such as canvas or leather.
They will help keep your child’s foot cooler and dryer, prevent blisters, discomfort and smelly shoes.
While they may look cute, always avoid a raised heel on children’s shoes. Not only is it difficult for kids to walk in heels, they are really bad for foot development. When it comes to children’s shoes, buys shoes with flats and even soles.
If you have foot pain, 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 a foot and ankle doctor about your foot and/or ankle needs.