Tips from a New York Podiatrist: Choose the Right Cleats for Your Child’s Feet

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Apr 5, 2014 3:00:00 PM

CleatsAre you a parent who is gearing up for your kid’s spring baseball and soccer games? Amidst the busyness of sign-ups, carpooling to and from practices, and working out weekend game schedules, you have to make sure they have all of the necessary equipment to play. Important pieces of this equipment are their athletic shoes, specifically cleats.

It’s crucial that you choose cleats that fit your children’s feet properly to protect them from sports injuries including:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Heel pain
  • Stress fractures
  • Blisters, corns, and calluses

To make sure you are choosing the right cleats for your child, check out the following information:

Posted by: Tanglewood Foot Specialists

Fitting Your Child for Baseball or Soccer Cleats

If the soccer or baseball league your child plays in requires cleats to be worn, it’s very important to pick out a pair that won’t harm your young athlete’s foot. The first thing to note is the height of the cleat—for players under 13 years of age, cleats should be no higher than half an inch in order to avoid ankle injuries like sprains and fractures.

Once you’ve found cleats that are short enough, you need to focus on the concentration of the cleats. Younger players need shoes that have lots of cleats on the heel of the shoe—without that support, the impact of the sport can cause heel pain.

Even with cleat height and distribution selected, your task isn’t done. Don’t assume that your child will wear the same size cleat as they do for other shoes. You should have your child fitted separately for athletic shoes, because cleats just fit differently than other shoes.

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Some tips to keep in mind when trying on athletic shoes and shoes in general are:

  • Shop for shoes in the afternoon. This is when feet will be at their largest due to swelling that occurs after being on them much of the day, similar to the way they will react while playing a sport.
  • Measure both feet. Most people have one foot slightly larger than the other. Be sure to fit shoes to the bigger foot.
  • Bring the right socks. Have your child wear the socks they will be playing in.
  • Treat the shoe the way you would during a game. This includes taking the time to properly lace them up and walking around to make sure they are comfortable.
  • Check the feet after trying on the shoes. If you notice any red marks or indentations from the shoes, it could be a sign they are rubbing and don’t fit properly.

If your child starts to experience foot or ankle pain of any kind, don’t hesitate to sign up for a free consultation with a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare by clicking below. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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