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Children's shoesOne of the easiest ways to help your child’s feet develop to be healthy and strong is to provide them with the right shoes.

The shoes your child wears play a major role in the health of their feet during their development years and into adulthood. With the wrong shoes, your child’s foot may become injured. If your child already suffers from an injury or ailment, wearing the wrong shoes could worsen their condition, leaving life-long side effects.

When you start shopping for children’s shoes, here are a few things you should be on the lookout for to ensure you find the right fit for your child.

  • Measure their foot size. Your child’s feet grow quickly. Before buying them new shoes, it is important to measure their foot size so that you can be sure you find the right shoe. Then, as your child tries on each shoe, be sure that it fits correctly. For a shoe to match your child’s foot size, it shouldn’t be too tight and your child should feel comfortable while walking.
  • Be sure the shoes are more stiff. Stiff soles inhibit your child’s feet from moving freely. This will improve the amount of stability your child has in their shoes. Twist and move your child’s shoe around to find a shoe that provides your child more stability.
  • Give the toes wiggle room. Your child may want to squeeze their growing toes into a pair of fashionable shoes, but if  they don’t allow their toes to wiggle, you may not want them wearing them. Find shoes that provide your child with enough space so that their toes can move freely.

As you shop around, you’ll find that children’s shoes all fit a little bit differently. Finding the right shoe for your child is critical and is a job that should not be taken lightly. Use these tips to find shoes that will keep your child pain-free and allow their feet to develop in a natural and healthy way.

If you need extra help while shopping around, contact a specialized pediatric podiatrist at Podiatry Associates in Castle Pines, Cherry Creek, or Parker, CO for more guidance. Call 303-805-5156 today to schedule your appointment.

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Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC
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