Are you always wondering if your child is wearing the correct pair of shoes? Did you know that the most common reason why children develop foot issues is from wearing shoes that are not the correct size?
Wearing the wrong type of shoes can lead to several foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns, as well as foot and leg pain. Most children are walking around with shoes that don’t fit, and parents don’t even know it.
I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes, since I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
I have experience fitting babies for their first pair of walking shoes and teenagers as well.
I am always emphasizing to parents the key role that shoes play in keeping their children’s feet and legs healthy, that is the reason why I recently created an article along with a video explaining parents how to determine their children’s foot size from home. Go to the link below:
Once you know your child’s foot size, you will be ready to start looking for shoes for your child, always keeping in mind that knowing your child’s foot size is only the first step of the shoe fitting process. One of the most common mistakes parents make is thinking that the size that their children measure at the foot measuring scale will automatically translate into their kids’ shoe size. Shoes can fit short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they fit you will need to adjust the size that you get for your child.
Once you buy your child a pair of shoes, it’s important to be able to check whether those shoes are fitting them correctly. That is the reason why I created a video that will help you visualize how to make sure your kids’ shoes are fitting correctly.
There is a simple, yet effective method I use to make sure that the shoes are fitting correctly.
How To Tell If The Shoe Fits – Follow These 3 Easy Steps!
The first step: Make sure that your child stands up straight and check if there is enough wiggle/growing room in the front of the shoes (you should allow approximately 3/8 of an inch between the longest toe and the end of the shoe). You can remove the inner sole of the shoe and have your child standup on them to be able to visualize the amount of growing room better. Take a look at the images below for clarification:
If you notice that your child’s toes are at the end of the inner sole of the shoe then it’s time to replace the shoes. Take a look at the image below for clarification:
The second step: Check whether the width of the shoe is fitting correctly. Check the widest part of the foot, and make sure the small toe or the pinky toe is not being pressed against the side of the shoe. If the shoes are too narrow for your kids’ feet, you will notice a bump right around this area of the shoe. Take a look at the images below for clarification:
The third step: Make sure there is no extra space around the heels. You can check this by sliding your finger around the heel, if you feel like you can fit one or two fingers around the heel area it means that the shoes are too wide. You don’t want your child’s shoes moving up and down since this can lead to blisters, calluses, or corns. Take a look at the image below for clarification:
If you check all three steps and everything looks good, then it’s highly likely that your child is wearing the correct shoe size.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child.
I am always emphasizing this to parents: it doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly, and I will HELP YOU find it.
My website covers everything that you need to know about children’s feet and their shoes, and if your child is dealing with a foot condition such as flat feet, overpronation, bow legs, rolled ankles, and low muscle tone (just to name a few), I will help you find the correct pair of shoes and orthotics to help treat those conditions.
I created a tool that allow parents to find the perfect pair of shoes for their children. The tool allows you to filter shoe options by your child’s unique footprint and it involves a simple process in which parents select the child’s age, shoe size, type of shoe that they are looking for, whether they want Velcro closure or shoelaces, and other important features such as whether the shoe is capable of accommodating an orthotic. You can even filter by shoes that will accommodate a high instep. If you want to learn more about this tool, go to the link below:
I hope you find the article along with the video helpful, and now you can keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy by making sure that their shoes are fitting them correctly.