How to Get Your Child the Right Shoes to Avoid Future Foot Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Aug 9, 2014 3:00:00 PM

AA013123If you’ve spent much time around children, or even have some of your own, you know how exciting it is when they take their first steps. It’s a milestone you eagerly await as a parent. You cheer your little one on, probably more excited than they are! Then it hits you: they are walking. Pretty soon they’ll be running. In the midst of it all there will be trips, bumps, bruises, and falls. You need to start thinking about your child’s foot health now to minimize risk and set them walking down the right path. Check out the excerpt below to get started.

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Pediatrics: good foot health starts early

We’ve all heard the saying that children grow like a weed, meaning that before our very eyes, little Johnny has grown two inches and has not only outgrown his clothes, but his shoes as well.

As a result, parents are reluctant to spend a lot of money on shoes which may only last a child for a few months. However, spending less on shoes may cause issues with a child’s foot health and even their development, according to the Canadian Certified Pedorthists at BioPed Guelph.

By their very nature, children are always on the go; running here and there, jumping, climbing and often involved in sports like skateboard, skipping, basketball or playing on pavement. This is why they need proper footwear that fits correctly.

The best way to measure a child’s foot to find their proper shoe size is to measure the foot while the child is standing. Measure both the length and the width of the foot. A good rule of thumb is that the big toe should never touch the front of the shoe. The heel of the shoe should be firm and be firm at the arch.  The sole should only bend at the ball of the shoe.

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Even though good quality children’s shoes can be expensive, it really is an investment because it could save you from having to address future foot problems caused by poor foot health as their feet develop.

If your child is experiencing chronic foot pain that is a result of something more than just footwear – such as an injury or faulty foot structure – then you’ll want to start considering your foot treatment options.

A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare can help recommend the right treatment for your child. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: foot pain, Pediatrics