Consider These Things When Buying Shoes for Your Kids

Consider These Things When Buying Shoes for Your Kids

It's that time of year again. Kids are going back to school and with this annual rite of passage comes another — back-to-school shopping. While many may focus on new notebooks and outfits, buying the right size and type of shoes is important too.

Dr. Todd Cox and our friendly staff at Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center in Prescott, Arizona can help you with any foot or ankle issue you may have from sports and other injuries to problems like bunions, heel pain, and more. With technology like our convenient on-site musculoskeletal and vascular diagnostic ultrasounds, we provide an immediate diagnosis and the ability to begin treatment right away, saving you both time and money.

Children's feet and shoes

Anyone with kids knows their feet not only grow, they grow fast. When buying shoes it is important to find a pair with the right fit as well as the right construction.

Proper fit

Shoes that don't fit properly can cause a number of problems including pain, blisters, calluses, corns, and ingrown toenails. Wearing ill-fitting shoes for a long period of time during a child's development can result in foot and toe deformities and potentially long-term issues with posture and walking.

To help ensure a correct fit:

Measure the feet

Before trying on shoes, ask a store salesperson to measure the length and width of the child's foot. Each foot should be measured and the child should be standing for the most accurate results.

Most people's feet are not exactly the same size. Select shoes for the bigger foot.

Buy the right size

Parents may be tempted to buy shoes a size too big hoping to get more use out of them but this is a mistake. Shoes that are too large can result in tripping and falling in all children and especially babies and toddlers. Select shoes that are the correct size rather than a half or whole size bigger than necessary.

Periodically check the shoes to make sure they still fit. Often children outgrow shoes in three to four months.

Evaluate the toes

Check out the width and depth of the front of the shoe. The toes should be able to wiggle freely without feeling squished or that the shoe is too big. One to two centimeters between the longest toe and the end of the shoe is perfect.

Children should try shoes on while wearing the socks they will usually use. If the child is old enough, encourage them to consider which shoes feel the best and let them help make the selection.

Get proper support and construction

Support is important as kids run and play. Make sure the shoe has arch support and hard soles. Closed-toes can safeguard the feet while rubber soles can help prevent slipping. Breathable fabrics like canvas, mesh, and leather help encourage air flow and prevent sweaty feet.

Shoe shopping is an activity that should be undertaken every few months as your child's feet grow. If problems develop related to shoe-wear or another issue, we can help. Call our office at 928-445-4898 or click here to book an appointment today.

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