While buying shoes for children can be tough, it is important. Children’s feet are still developing and growing, and their shoes have to reflect this.
Tips for Buying Shoes for Children
- It’s a good idea to measure a child’s foot before buying shoes.
- When they try on the shoe, check to see if they can wiggle their toes around. If they can’t, look for shoes that are either longer or wider.
- Even after buying a pair of shoes, it is recommended to keep measuring them every few months to see if they still fit.
Children’s feet grow quickly, and their shoes can be subject to more wear than those of adults. Consequently, replacing shoes every few months may not be uncommon.
Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider…
- Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
- Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.
- Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.
- As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.
- As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.
- Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.
- Be watchful for any pain or injury.
- Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
- Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Jeff Pawlowski of Red Mountain Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. Feel free to visit our office located in Mesa, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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