As any adult knows, keeping up with fashion never goes out of style.
And when it comes to fashion, kids are some of the biggest consumers.
From their head to their toes, they like to keep up with the latest trends and with their peers.
While parents may want to keep their young ones happy and content, it’s important for them to remember their most important task; keeping their children safe and protected.
That’s why the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) wants all parents to understand the importance of buying properly fitted, supportive shoes that offer protection and comfort.
Unfortunately, some of the most trendy shoe styles do not provide proper support for the feet.
Certain shoes, such as platforms and sandals, can cause serious problems such as ankle sprains, ingrown toenails, bunions, blisters, calluses, and painful tendinitis.
Parents should know that the condition and fit of the shoe are more important than any price tag or brand name.
Check out these tips from APMA to pick out the best shoes for your child:
1. Check Out the Shoe
Look for stiff material on either side of the heel, adequate cushioning and a built-in arch. The shoe should bend at the ball of the foot, not in the middle of the shoe.
2. Use the Foot Measure
Always have your child’s feet measured every time you purchase new shoes, as children’s feet change sizes rapidly.
3. Shoes should not slip off the heels.
Make sure the foot is secure from the back and the front of the shoe. If the shoe is not secure from the back, it can cause little ones to have foot instability.
4. High Tops Are Okay
If your little one is eyeing some fancy high-tops, it might not be a bad idea. High-tops or boots generally help prevent ankle sprains.
5. Limit Heels
Limit the time children wear platform or heeled shoes. Save them for special occasions. Alternate them with good quality sneakers or flat shoes during the day.
6. Buy Comfortable Shoes
Don’t buy shoes that need a “break-in” period. Good shoes should feel comfortable right away.
7. Choose the Right Pair
For athletic activities, choose a shoe that is designed for the sport your child will be playing.
Lastly, next time you go shoe-shopping, be aware that children might not complain about their foot discomfort. Proper foot care is important to the overall health of children, whether they have diabetes or not.
Go to a podiatrist at the first sign of foot problems.