Avoid Foot Problems: Buying Shoes for Kids

We all try our best to prevent future foot problems. The case is especially so when it comes to our children. How we approach their individual lifestyles and paws early on can influence the way their feet shape into adulthood. Being on the lookout for the right shoes can play a huge role.

School is in session, but that doesn’t mean your child’s feet stop growing. At the start of the year, it’s always a great idea to take your kiddos shopping for their next great pair of shoes. With children’s feet expanding up to two sizes in six months, their kicks might fit them now, but down the line may be a different story. Avoid potential foot problems, and check out our preventative tips below.

Shoes shouldn’t be too small or big.

We all know that growth spurts come and go, and we aim to account for these when we invest in fresh shoes. But “growing into their shoes” doesn’t mean that your little one’s feet should be sliding around. An extreme in either case — too big or small — can be more harmful than good.

How to know when you’ve found the best fit:

But I could go a size up, and they will just grow into them.

We don’t recommend this. Shoes have been designed to support our feet, and when they are too big, this can allow for extra pressure on the toes.

Too small of shoes can host a list of impending issues, from blisters to corns, calluses, growth deformities, and even ingrown toenails. (Ingrown toenails can become infected. Your little may not notice right away so be sure to watch for any signs of inflammation, pain, or fluid draining from the toe area. If these clues are present, see your nearest podiatrist, or contact us today for a consultation.)

For kiddos with flat feet, you can avoid further foot problems by purchasing the right shoes.

Flat feet, or overpronation of the foot, means there is limited arch cushioning. While walking, if you notice the arch of the foot falling to the floor with each step, your child needs extra encouragement in this area.

Think of the human back, hips, legs, and feet as continuous chains. If one of the links on the chain is askew in any way, this throws off the entire balance. Unreasonable pain can ensue because there isn’t enough stability within the chain. (This is why high heels can initiate back pain and more. There just isn’t enough support.)

The best way to help your child with flat feet:

Abandon those yucky, worn-out shoes.

There’s nothing worse than a stinky, old pair of anything. We know that caring for kids is definitely a job in and of itself, but shoes should never be an afterthought. What can happen if a shoe loses its support appeal? Heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, and stress fractures can wreak havoc (and you don’t want this to curb your child’s developmental success!).

What to watch for in an old pair of shoes:

If you’re ever in doubt, you know where to find us! We want you to always put your best foot forward.

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