It’s that time of year again, when we want to dress our kids up in cute outfits and winter gear, and that includes fashionable boots that look like Mom’s and Dad’s! But are those fashion forward boots causing harm to our children’s feet?
According to APMA, parents need to “be size smart. It may be tempting to buy pricey specialty footwear (like winter boots or ski boots) for kids in a slightly larger size, thinking they’ll be able to get two seasons of wear out of them. But unlike coats that kids can grow into, footwear needs to fit properly right away. Properly fitted skates and boots can help prevent blisters, chafing, and ankle or foot injuries. Likewise, if socks are too small, they can force toes to bunch together, and that friction can cause painful blisters or corns.”
Follow these tips when shopping for boots or any type of footwear for your children to assure proper foot support:
- Take your child shoe shopping at the end of the day (the same applies to adults). Our feet tend to swell throughout the day.
- Always buy for the larger size. Both feet are rarely the exact same size.
- Wear socks that you would normally wear with the shoes you are trying on to assure proper fit.
- Look for a boot that does NOT twist in the middle (arch area). A shoe should NEVER twist.
- Boots should have a stiff heal and the toe area should only bend where your child’s toes are. It should NOT overly bend.
By following these important shoe shopping tips, you can be sure your child is not only walking in style, but most importantly, in comfort!
Should your child experience a sprain, fracture or other foot related pain, call Dr. Hollander’s office for excellent care! (707) 578-1222.