Avoid Kids Foot Problems With The Right Shoes

“Your child’s feet can grow up to two sizes in six months, so you need to account for growth when buying shoes. That doesn’t mean you should buy shoes that are too big—oversized shoes cause the foot to slide forward, putting excessive pressure on the toes. A good fit is about a thumbs width from the end of the shoe to the tip of the big toe.

Tight shoes can cause blisters, corns and calluses on your child’s toes, blisters on the back of the heels or worse, ingrown nails, which can become infected. Signs of infection from ingrown nails include pain, redness or fluid draining from the area. If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with a foot and ankle surgeon, who can perform a simple, safe in-office procedure to remove the nail.”

Shoes wear out after constant use. They lose shock absorption, arch support, cushioning, which can sometimes to lead to heel pain or Achilles tendinitis.

For further reading on how to pick out the best shoes for you kids,  you can check out: http://www.apma.org/Learn/HealthyFeetTips.cfm?ItemNumber=9861

Call our office today to have your kids feet examined!

Alma, P.M.A.