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Is the Wet Foot Test for Kids Reliable? – Find a Better Way to Determine Your Child’s Arch Shape!

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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects up-to-date information.

Have you noticed your child walking or running differently lately? Are you wondering whether your child has flat, regular, or high arched feet? I have noticed how several parents rely on the wet foot test to learn their child’s foot type. Is the wet foot test for kids reliable? I believe that it tells us very little and is in no way predictive of a child’s dynamic mechanics, nor injury risk.

The way I see it, the foot test only retrieves one key component of your child’s foot. Buying your child’s shoes based only on your child’s footprint shape will end up in your child wearing the wrong type of shoes.

Let’s say the wet foot test shows that your child has flat feet. What are your next steps going to be? Are you going to buy your child supportive shoes hoping they will help improve your child’s walking gait? There are 3 other components that the wet foot test fails to retrieve and if you don’t consider them your child will end up wearing the wrong type of shoes:

  • Your child’s foot shape —narrow, medium, wide, extra wide— as well as your child’s instep height determine what shoes your child should wear.
  • Your child’s heel condition —normal, inverted or inverted— affect your child’s walking gait and determine what shoes your child should wear.
  • Forefoot abduction affects your child’s walking gait and also determines what shoes your child should wear.

My point is that the wet foot test is not an accurate predictor of the type of shoes your child should wear nor your child’s foot function.

Alternatives to the Wet Foot Test —Find Your Child’s Exact Foot Shape!

I have been measuring children’s feet and helping them find the correct pair of shoes for their feet for the last 10 years. I work for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses in children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot conditions such as flat feet, rolled ankles, low muscle tone, toe walking, etc.

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Since most specialized children’s shoe stores have been closing down (even before the pandemic), I created a system that helps parents determine their child’s exact foot shape from home.

How to Figure Out Your Child’s Exact Foot Shape

✅ Step 1: Measuring Your Child’s Exact Foot Length:

  • Make sure that your child is standing straight, and then place a measuring tape or ruler below your child’s heels. You must measure your child’s feet while standing, as on weight-bearing the foot becomes longer. 
  • Measure both feet up to the tip of your child’s longest toe (make sure that your child is not curling his/her toes). You must measure both feet since there is always one foot that is bigger than the other. Keep in mind that your child’s longest toe doesn’t necessarily have to be the big toe — it may in fact be the second or even the third toe.
  • Make a note of that measurement in centimeters or inches or email me the image showing the measurements (such as you see below) to avoid confusion with the measurements.
Measurement Box

✅ Step 2: Pictures of Your Child’s Foot Width:

The images will help me retrieve your child’s:

  • Arch shape (flat, regular, high).
  • Heel condition (normal, inverted, everted).
  • Foot width and instep height (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide).
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Angle Box

Please note that I won’t need the measurements of your child’s foot width, the images will be sufficient to help me determine whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

Recap – What to Include in Your Email

  • Your child’s foot length measurements (or an image of their foot length measurements)
  • Three images of your child’s feet (see example images above)
  • The country you live in

Feel free to include in your email any additional information I should know about your child’s feet.

How Much Does This Service Cost?

Due to the high volume of requests that I have been getting I am not able to provide this service for free anymore, there is now a $10 fee for this service.

Once payment is completed you will be redirected to a new page with further instructions.

You will then receive a response within 24 hours with your child’s exact foot length, shape, and specific shoe recommendations as needed

Please let me know if you have any questions:

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Knowledge is power! Finding out your child’s exact arch and overall foot shape will allow you to make good choices when buying new shoes and prevent injuries like plantar fasciitis.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LETS START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

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