As a parent, it’s your responsibility to choose the right shoes for your kids. It may seem a bit daunting, at first. However, armed with the following information, your trip to the shoe store will be a breeze.
Babies and children who are just learning to crawl don’t need shoes. Booties, pre-walking shoes or warm socks are sufficient.
Younger children grow out of their shoes at a much faster rate than older children. So, you’ll find yourself buying new shoes for them more often. Depending on their age, it will typically be every 3 to 6 months.
Lace -up shoes are recommended, because they accommodate both D and E width feet. Rounded-toe styles are also preferred, as they are typically roomier and don’t press down on the toes.
Make sure that the outer sole of your young child’s shoe is not constructed out of material that seems to be “sticky.” This is a potential danger, especially if your child is more on the clumsy side.
When you need to choose the right shoes for kids in school, look for styles that offer adequate support and approximately 1/2 inch of extra space between the longest toe in the tip of the shoe.
Slip-on shoes are a good option, especially for younger children, as long as they fit well. However, this type of shoe is not recommended for gym class. It just doesn’t offer enough support.
Regardless of the age of your child, you should always choose the right shoes for kids that are made of a breathable material. Examples of this include canvas, mesh and leather.
The insoles of all shoes should be absorbent. This, along with breathable uppers, helps to keep your child feet is cool as possible.
Consequences of Ill-Fitting Shoes
Not only do ill-fitting shoes cause pain, they can potentially lead to a variety of foot conditions such as toenail fungus. Calluses and blisters are also common.
A fungal nail infection is not an “adult only” condition. Children are affected, too.
Common symptoms include:
- Pain or redness
- An unpleasant odor
- A nail that is separating from the nail bed
- Yellow-colored nails
- Debris under the nail
If you notice any of these things, when looking at your child’s feet, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. Go one step further and book a consultation. We are here to help your child achieve “happy feet.”