When children are shopping for shoes, there’s a good chance that they will aim for the ones that are visually appealing to them. However, as a parent, you shouldn’t give in! While looks are important to them, it is more important for their foot health to get shoes that are comfortable and supportive.
Tips for choosing the best shoes for your children:
- Measure feet each time new shoes are purchased. Measure feet in the afternoon when feet are at their most swollen from pressures through the day. Do not give into the temptation to buy shoes that they will grow into. This leaves the risk of tripping and straining feet and ankles to keep a proper gait.
- Have them try on shoes (with socks) to see if they are comfortable. Shoes may not always “break in,” so they should be comfortable from the get go.
- Purchase the right sock size as tight or loose socks can cause strain or injury to the feet.
- Function should outweigh fashion. Shoes that look good will only take them so far – figuratively and literally. If they are not of good quality and support, it is likely that they will cause your children foot problems.
- Choose shoes that are appropriate for the activity. For physical education classes, they need sneakers. Children who run and jump around a lot should wear shoes that have cushion to receive the impact from contact with the ground. If they walk to school, they should have comfortable walking shoes so that they are not affected by pain when they get to school.
- Pay attention to whether or not shoes fit your children. If they complain about discomfort in the front of the feet, they may be outgrowing their shoes – which can happen more often than you think!
Keep in mind, that pain is never normal for the feet. If your child seems to complain about foot issues, it is important to see your podiatrist. Make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group. Our podiatrists, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof can perform a thorough assessment at our Jonesboro, AR office to treat your children’s foot issues.