Has your child developed a blister? Do you want to know the most effective method to prevent blisters? I know for a fact that wearing the correct type of shoes will not only prevent your child from developing a blister, but it will also keep his or her feet and legs healthy.
I want to start off by saying that the most common way for a child to develop a blister is to wear shoes that don’t FIT properly. For example, shoes that are too short will cramp your kids’ toes and make them overlap each other. This will lead to a constant friction between the toes or the small toe against the side of the shoe. On the other hand, shoes that are too long will allow your child’s feet to move too much inside the shoe. and this constant movement will make your kids’ feet rub against parts of the shoes which will end up creating blisters.
I always recommend parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local kids’ shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that properly FIT. However, several parents have contacted me asking how they can purchase their kids’ shoes online since they don’t have a local children’s shoe store to take their kids to.
If you are one of those parents, please START by reading a post I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective method to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:
I want you to keep one thing in mind when purchasing your children’s shoes: It doesn’t matter how supportive and well-made the shoes are, if they are not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer!
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.
If you ever have trouble finding a particular shoe style in a particular size for your child, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will HELP YOU find it.
I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how wide or how narrow your kids’ feet are, there is at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of his or her feet perfectly and I will make sure you find it.
I have fitted sports shoes such as soccer or baseball for children with wide or extra wide feet, andI have fitted sandals, boots, dress shoes, you name it!
In this post, I will describe the most comfortable shoes for kids that are available in different widths to make sure that they will fit the shape of your child’s feet, no matter how wide or narrow they are!
How Do Our Kids Get Blisters On Their Feet?
Like I mentioned before, the main reason why children get blisters is because they are wearing the wrong shoe size, and this can be that the shoe is either too short, too long, too wide, or too narrow. This is why it’s so important for the shoes to FIT just RIGHT.
Shoes that are too short or too long will lead to blisters. A shoe that is too short will cramp your kids’ toes against each other or will push your child’s small toe (pinky toe) against the side of the shoe. On the other hand, shoes that are too long will allow your kids’ feet to move too much inside the shoe and lead to blisters as well because of the constant friction between the toes and the shoes.
The second most common reason why children get blisters on their feet is because they wear shoes made of low quality materials. These shoes tend to be stiffer and non-breathable. It’s important for shoes to provide good breathability in order for our kids’ feet to be able to breathe and not to sweat so much. When our kids’ feet start sweating, the wet feet are more likely to develop blisters since the skin is more vulnerable.
The third most common reason why children get blisters is when they refuse to wear socks with their shoes. Socks act as a barrier between our kids’ feet and the shoes, and they help prevent blisters, calluses, and corns. Even if your children refuse to wear socks it’s important to make them understand that they must wear socks when they wear their shoes.
If you have a child that can’t stand the way socks feel, there is a post I wrote where I describe the best seamless socks for children:
These types of socks are the most effective for those children who feel every bump and lump with their socks.
Now that you know about the importance of providing your child with the correct shoe size, the key role that shoes play in keeping your kids’ feet healthy, and the importance of always wearing socks with sneakers, you are ready to see a selection of the better made and best fitting shoes for kids.
The Best Kids’ Shoes – Prevent Foot Issues!
The shoes I will describe below are not only made of high quality materials, but they are also available in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide! This is extremely important since that means that they will fit any type of feet, no matter the shape of them.
Below you can find a selection of the best kids’ shoes:
The shoes in the first row fit ” true to size” which means that you only need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale. These shoes are made by New Balance, they have the widest toed-boxes and they are also very deep and those two features will prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping or rubbing against each other.
The shoes in the second row fit “small” which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures at the shoe measuring scale. These shoes are also great in terms of support, structure, and breathability.
Remember that fits remain our top priority and it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style has to provide, if it’s not fitted properly your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Providing your child with a pair of quality shoes that are the correct FIT will keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy and save you a lot of money and many headaches in the future.
What can you do if your children have already developed a blister?
I will recommend that you allow them to walk barefoot in the house for the blisters to heal faster. When your child goes outside and needs shoes make sure your child wears socks and a pair of sneakers with good cushion around the ankles (this is the most common area where children and adults get blisters).
Now that you the key role that properly fitted shoes and socks play in keeping your kids’ feet healthy you are ready to make the most informative decision.
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you TRUST? I get contacted by parents daily and they want to know whether there is a good children’s shoe store in their area, so if you do have one please let us know in the comments section below so all parents can benefit from your experience.