First off, kids grow fast, so making sure that they have the right sized footwear is most important. Many times, in adults as well as children, putting on the right sized shoe can solve a lot of problems. Checking that there is extra room in front of the shoe will stop the toes from becoming compressed while walking and it is an easy way to make sure they haven't out grown that pair. Just be sure the shoe fits....before you wear it.
Secondly, the type of shoe is important. We know it gets hot out there and it is easy enough to slip on a pair of flip flops before heading outside. Depending on the day's activity, this could be a bad choice, especially for your little ones. Children rarely sit still for long and tennis shoes or sandals that Velcro on would be a better choice than the thin soles and loose fit of flip flops. Additionally, a full day on their feet definitely calls the proper support, offered by tennis shoes, to avoid fatigue and possibility of injury.
It is important to remember that children are not ‘little adults', especially when it comes to growth and development. Many of the ‘bones' in your child's feet will not become hardened, or fully ossified, until many years after they have been walking. In those critical years of growth and development, it is important that your child have the right kind of shoes. Keep in mind that pain in your child's feet is never normal and should be addressed by a Podiatric physician. If there is ever concern over your child's feet, foot wear, or the way they walk, don't hesitate to make an appointment at AFAS. Until next time, keep those kids happy and healthy Austin!