How Shoes Can Damage Children’s Feet – Pediatric Foot Care 101
Tiny children’s shoes are adorable, but the same cannot be said for the huge podiatric problems that are caused by some of them. At a time when the foot is still developing and easily affected, picking the right footwear is crucial.
So, what makes a good shoe for children’s feet? The answer lies deeper than color and current fashion trends. Here are some things to look out for the next time you go shoe shopping with your little one:
It is important to understand that feet grow fast–very fast–in children. At this stage in life, the foot is constantly developing and taking on a bigger size. Very tight shoes can affect that development and even cause deformities, and some Clearwater podiatrists have even linked flat feet to closed-toe shoes. To avoid problems, find shoes that are roomy and flexible, and that resemble slippers or open-toed sandals. Simply put, shoes that imitate being barefoot are usually the most ideal for kids.
Children’s feet perspire about 2 or 3 times more than adults, which make them susceptible to problems like fungus infections. Stick to breathable and durable materials like leather or canvas to keep the shoe well-ventilated and prevent it from becoming ruined by sweat.
Whether they are romping around, playing, or exploring their surroundings, children are always on the move. In order to support their ankles and avoid injury, get shoes with high tops that cover the ankle area. Low top shoes that leave the ankle exposed leave your child in danger of falling the wrong way on their ankle or having a similar accident without any protection.
Avoid heavy, clunky footwear that will weigh your child’s foot down. Having a more lightweight shoe will be more comfortable and aid in learning to walk faster.
The feet of your little one are important, so it goes without saying that picking shoes that will protect them from future foot problems is as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for answers to any and all of your foot care questions!
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