Now that the fall is here, many parents will be bringing their children to the store to buy new sneakers. When buying new sneakers for children, there are many things that should be taken into account. It is important to remember that children’s feet grow and you will most likely have to buy a new pair for your child every 3-4 months. You should always bring your child with you to the store so that he/she can be properly sized as every shoe fits a bit differently. If you purchase sneakers for your child that are too big or too small it can cause discomfort and irritation leading to your children complaining about the shoes.
Handing down sneakers between siblings is a big NO, NO! Although a younger sibling may grow into the same size sneaker as an older sibling, over time sneakers lose stability. This lack of stability can lead to injuries of the foot and ankle. It is also very important to check your child sneakers for wear. If you notice that one side of the sneaker wears down a lot quicker than the other side, you should bring your child to a podiatrist for evaluation as there may be a foot abnormality present. It is also important that a sneaker feels good when the child first puts it on. You should not need a break in period and it is also important to have your child try on new sneakers with the type of socks they will be wearing with them.
If you have any questions about the above or have children that wear down their shoes more on one side than the other, contact Quality Foot Care today at 215-230-9707 to make an appointment in our podopediatric center of excellence!
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