How to Select Shoes for Babies
Experts believe that children, when they are in the process of learning to walk, should start barefoot. Their feet are constantly growing from cartilage to bone, later developing their bone structure, arches, tendons, tissue, and muscles.
Even though at early stages, walking barefoot is strongly advised for stability and strength, they will eventually need the protection of socks and shoes, especially for outdoor activities.
Here are a few tips to consider when buying their initial shoes:
Arch support is a must! During early ages, when the bone structure is still developing, it is important that the toddler’s foot arches are provided with adequate support to avoid flat feet. Shoes with cushioned arches are very helpful.
Size matters immensely: measuring your child’s feet and allowing ample space inside the shoes for their feet to grow is important. Bear in mind that children’s feet keep growing about two sizes per year on average till they are four years old.
Toe space is critical: the toe box should have enough space for the child’s toes to fall straight and not touch the insides of the shoe. This will avoid cramming and pain in the toes, and allow healthy development of the feet.
Other features for comfort and safety are also helpful like padded ankle supports, non-slippery soles, laces or straps for a stronger grip, softer soles for more flexibility, etc.
For any queries or concerns regarding your child’s foot health, we at Foot and Ankle Associates, LLP, suggest you visit your podiatrist right away; or visit our offices closest to your location in West Grove, Garnet Valley, Kennett Square, PA and Newark, Greenville, DE for consultation with our experts Dr. Albert Iannucci, Dr. Katherine Sydnor, Dr. Richard Conti, Dr. Victor Nippert, Dr. Sharon Anghel, and Dr. Geoffrey Schilling.
Our team of experts is equipped with state-of-the-art technological solutions and specializes in treating a range of foot and ankle conditions. Call us at (610) 444-6520 for more information, and ensure that your child’s feet are safe, healthy and pain-free!