- Does your child complain of leg pain?
- Does your child fall often while playing?
- Does your child get rashes in the foot?
- Does your child suffer from blisters on the toes and feet?
- Is your child reluctant in wearing shoes?
Problems related to any of the above reasons can be due to ill or improper fitting of the shoes of your tiny tots. You need to be extra cautious while buying your kids a new pair of shoes which will help them grow healthier and resolve all their foot problems.
About 70% of the foot problems occur due to ill or improper fitted shoes. As the bones in the kids feet are made up of cartilage, they can be easily molded and any rigid or tight shoes can change the shape of the feet.
Problem related to poorly fitting shoes:
- Flat foot
- Pes cavus
- Hammered toe
- Ingrowing nails
During the first several years , your child’s feet continues to take shape. Hence it is necessary to have a periodic check on your kid’s footwear.
Tips for proper footwear:
1. Shoes should be soft , flexible and with any type of fastening system to keep the foot in place.
2. Shoes should be bought at the end of the day as the children feet takes time to swell and are of the largest size by the end of the day.
3. Correct measurement of the length, width and depth should be taken.
4. Right and left foot might differ in size so the shoes should always be taken of the bigger foot.
5. Prefer shoes with breathable materials like canvas and they should be well- ventilated which help prevent foul smell and blisters.
6. There should be at least half an inch gap between the longest toes and the edge of the shoes
7. Shoes should be replaced every 4-6 months during early childhood.
Barefoot walking is the best exercise for your kids, so let them walk without shoes in clean and hygienic environment like indoors.