How to choose the right shoe for your child?
December 22nd, 2019
The culprit? Inadequate foot support. A shoe that is too small can lead to ingrown toenails, while one that is too large can lead to blisters. A flexible shoe increases the load on the foot structures and can contribute to juvenile bunions and flat foot pain. Many children wear inappropriate shoes and this has a significant impact as they are still growing. Here are some tips on how to choose the right shoe or sandal:
- The best time to choose your shoes is at the end of the day because our feet tend to swell during the day;
- Measure both of your child’s feet because as they grow, one foot tends to be larger than the other. Always rely on the larger of the two feet;
- Make sure there is room for your thumb at the end of the shoe on the longest toe. Be careful! It is not always the big toe;
- Check that the shoe bends at the natural place of the feet, that is, at the limit between the toes and the rest of the foot;
- The shoe should be rigid enough and the sole should be rigid enough to allow good arch support for the foot. You should not be able to twist it like a towel;
- Finally, the back brace should be rigid and you should not be able to bend it with your thumb towards the inside of the shoe.
Walking pain in children should never be ignored. If your child stumbles often, has poor balance, abnormal muscle fatigue, walks on tiptoes or has flat feet, he or she may have biomechanical problems that can benefit greatly from orthotic treatment. A foot orthosis allows for proper structural alignment of the foot and promotes optimal growth for your child.
If you have any concerns about your child’s foot development, come in and see us and we will be happy to help you.