How to Choose The Best Shoes For Your Child’s Feet
Children's feet are still growing, so picking out shoes for your children is a little different from choosing your own shoes. Their feet are not fully formed and their shoes can have a lasting impact on the development of their feet. No Only the development of their feet, but their musculoskeletal development as well, including their posture.
Here are some tips for picking footwear that will be appropriate for your little one:
- When you go to the shoe store, have both feet measured for length and width. If is not uncommon for feet to be different sizes and if that is the case, the shoes should be fitted to the larger size of the foot.
- Make sure their toes are not squeezed or pinched in the shoe. Toes should be able to move freely. Be sure to buy shoes that allow about 10mm of growing room (between the end of the longest toe and the end of the shoe)
- For sizing to be accurate, your child should be standing when they are sized and bearing their full weight.
- After trying on the shoe, have the child wear it around the store for more than just a few minutes with a normal sock to test it out. Feel inside the shoe for anything that could be irritating, such as stitching, staples or irregularities in the glue. Ask your child if he or she feels any pressure points when walking around.
- The ideal shoe will fit comfortably around the natural shape of the foot and have a built-in arch. It shouldn't be too loose or too tight around the heel or toes. Shoes shouldn't slip off at the heel. The shoes should have a firm heel counter, which means there should be good, stiff material on either of the side of the heel to support it. It should be flexible enough to bend at the ball of the foot, but not bend in the middle. It also needs good cushioning in the insole.
- If your child has a tendency to sprain or injure their ankles, high-top shoes or boots might be helpful.
For further information on properly fitting you children for shoes or to set up an appointment, call our office at 615-220-8788 or request an appointment online.
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