Auteur: Podiatre Montreal
Looking to buy children’s shoes?
The choice of children’s shoes can play a crucial role in their skeletal muscle development. Babies generally learn to walk and do not need shoes. A child may go barefoot inside the house, or wear a pair of socks. This promotes normal foot and muscle development and increases the flexibility of the toes.
Here are some tips for buying children’s shoes :
- Take the measure of their feet and if you hesitate between two different sizes, choose the largest size.
- Observe the shoe carefully. It should have a firm heel and a suitable sole. It should be flexible enough to allow the foot to bend easily.
- Walk your child around the store for a few minutes with the new pair and ask if he or she feels any pressure in the shoe. Don’t hesitate to check the inside of the shoe for any staples or irregularities that could cause irritation. Check to see if the seams on the inside touch the foot. Look for signs of irritation on the foot after wearing the shoe.
- Never try to force your child’s feet to adapt to a pair of shoes.
- The shoes must not slip on the heels. Children who tend to develop ankle sprains should wear high shoes or boots.
- The child’s foot measurement should be taken while standing.
- There should be about half an inch of space (or the width of an inch) between the tips of the toes and the end of the shoe. The child should be able to wiggle his or her toes comfortably in the shoe to promote growth.
- If your child often removes his/her shoes, they are certainly inappropriate for his/her feet. Check his feet regularly for redness, blisters or calluses. In addition, your child’s feet should be measured periodically at a shoe store to determine if their feet have grown to the point of choosing a larger pair of shoes.
Remember that the main purpose of footwear is to prevent injuries. They are rarely used to correct deformities in children’s feet or to change the growth pattern of the foot. Surgery is often necessary in the case of serious deformities. If you notice a problem, contact us for an examination. Because high shoes hold the ankle well, they are recommended for young children who may have difficulty keeping their shoes on. Contrary to some beliefs, however, high-heeled shoes do not offer any advantage in terms of foot or ankle support.2021