When buying shoes for your children, please keep in mind some fundamental guidelines to prevent foot problems from improper footwear.
- Shoes need to fully fit on your child’s feet. Children can grow up to two sizes within 6 months.
- A good fitting shoe is about a finger’s width from the end of the shoes to the tip of the big toe.
- Avoid buying shoes that are too big, because it can cause the foot to slide forward, putting excessive pressure on the toes.
- Do NOT buy tight shoes. Tight fitting shoe- narrow toe box can cause painful blisters (on the toes / back of the heel), calluses, corns, in-grown toenails & other toe deformities.
- Be aware of ingrowing toenails, that can cause infection and massive pain. If you notice abnormal redness, swelling or fluid draining from the area, take your child to consult a Podiatrist. A Podiatrist can perform a simple, safe in-clinic procedure to remove the nail spur and thus relief the pain.
- Before you buy a shoe, ensure that shoe has a good sole support. Have your child stand on their tip toes with the new shoes. Confirm if they have enough space in the toes and can move their toes upwards and downwards easily.
- As a parent, you need to keep a close check your kid shoes. Inspect for any wear and tear around the edges of the sole. Shoes needs to be replaced once they get damaged.
- Check your child for flat feet deformity. Children with flat feet need a wide toe box shoe with maximum arch support. Consult a Podiatrist before you buy new shoes for a full biomechanical and gait analysis assessment. You child might need medical insoles to support low arch profile.
Remember, forewarned is forearmed!