Shoes for children affect the health and stability of your son or daughter’s feet. Make sure you help your child select footwear that benefits his or her limbs, not just on cosmetic merits alone. Fitting children’s shoes properly is particularly important. Measure your child’s feet before looking for shoe sizes. Then select a size that is about half an inch longer than your child’s longest toe. This ensures there is room for feet to grow. The front of the shoe should be rounded and high enough that your child can wiggle his or her toes. One finger should fit snugly between the back of the shoe and your child’s foot.Keep in mind your child’s age and walking development as well: babies only need soft booties, toddlers need flexible styles that let them walk easily, and older children need more durable footwear for playing. If you need help finding or fitting children’s shoes, call Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Parker, Cherry Creek, and Castle Pines, CO, for more information or an appointment. Call (303) 805-5156 or use the web request form to reach us.