Picking Out the Right Running Shoes for Your Child
“I want these ones Mom!” “Dad, all the kids in my class have this kind!” “These are what all the players are wearing!” Do these statements sound familiar when shoe shopping with your kids? Picking out the right shoes for your kids can be a difficult task, but are you making the decision based on their foot health?
Running Shoes and Your Child’s Foot Health
The appearance of the shoe will likely be the most important factor for your child, but you need to keep your focus on their feet. Active children need shoes that are going to protect their growing feet. Their knees, legs and back can be affected if feet are not properly supported. Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt, foot specialists in Dallas and Plano, TX love their little patients and offer parents the following tips for staying on track when buying running shoes:
- Don’t take a guess - Take your child with you and have his or her regular socks along to ensure a good fit
- Measure your child’s feet when they are standing and buy for the larger foot.
- There should be about an inch of space from their toes to the end of the shoe.
- The heel at the back of the shoe should be firm and the sole slightly flexible at the ball of the foot.
- Have your child walk around for a bit in the store. Shoes should be comfortable from the start.
- The laces or Velcro straps should hold their feet in place so they don’t slide forward.
- Children’s feet typically grow one to two sizes a year, so measure feet often and replace shoes when they need to be.
If you need help finding shoes that are right for your child or you are noticing symptoms that are of concern, please contact our podiatric office today. You can call our Dallas, TX office (972) 566-7474 or Plano, TX (972) 943-3323.
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