Children’s feet are not fully developed until the age of 18 or so. For this reason, parents need to be aware that the size and shape of their child’s foot may have changed since the last time they got new shoes. Kids involved in sports need special attention to their shoes to keep their feet healthy as they grow and play. Foot health experts suggest they wear padded socks made especially for cleated shoes or running shoes. Be certain that the child’s foot is measured properly while standing up to ensure a good fit. Bring along any orthotics or shoe inserts while fitting the shoes. Make sure the shoes fit and feel good to the child, checking that there is enough room in the toe box for the toes to wiggle. The shoes should not pinch, rub, or chafe. Have the child mimic any moves they make while playing their sport, and avoid buying shoes that need to be “broken in” after purchase. As a precaution, it is a good idea to have your child’s feet examined by a podiatrist who can offer suggestions on proper footwear for their sport.
Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact the foot specialists from NYC Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Proper Shoe Fitting
A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:
- Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
- Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
- Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
- Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity
Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.
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