Do you have a child that is dealing with elephantiasis? This condition can make it extremely hard, and sometimes near impossible to find shoes that fit the shape of your child’s feet.
Elephantiasis, also known as lymphatic filariasis, is a very rare condition that’s spread by mosquitoes to certain parts of your body such as your arms, feet and legs. This disease will make certain parts of your body swell and become much bigger.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last ten years, fitting shoes and orthotics. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I am familiar with the best children’s shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands.
Since we fit a lot of children who need to wear orthotics in their shoes, I have gotten familiar with which shoe styles are wider than others, since orthotics take a lot of space inside the shoes.
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. Throughout the years, I have become familiar with the best shoe styles for children with narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide feet.
I only had to fit one child with elephantiasis on his feet before, but I decided to write an article about it because I know that there might be other children dealing with this condition and might be lost on what to do about their shoes. Since I did find one shoe style that worked well for his feet, I wanted to share this finding with you as well.
Please keep in mind that how well this particular shoe style will work on your child’s feet and on how swollen his feet are.
Most parents think that in order to accommodate the shape of a child with elephantiasis they need find a shoe that is labeled as extra wide. It’s actually much more complicated than that. There are a couple of features that I have found that the shoes must provide in order to fit children with elephantiasis on their feet:
- The shoes must be DEEP: This feature will allow your child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes. It’s really important for the shoes to be deep since deeper shoes willprevent your children’s feet to rub against the top of the shoes and this will also make a tremendous difference when you are trying to put your child’s shoes on.
- The shoes must come with a ROUND TOE-BOX: This feature will prevent your child’s toes from overlapping each other or rubbing against the side of the shoes.
- The shoes must be available in EXTRA WIDE widths: This is a requirement, if the shoes are not labeled as extra wide, they will NOT fit the shape of your child’s feet.
Please keep in mind that the shoes I will describe in this article are not orthopedic shoes, they are regular, everyday shoes that I have found to be the most effective ones when it comes to fitting children with extremely wide feet. These are my to-go shoe styles for children who can’t find shoes that are wide enough for their feet.
In order to fit the shape of a child with swollen feet, we must find a shoe style that fits the shape of your child’s feet without getting shoes that are too long.
How much growing room should we leave for our children to grow into their shoes?
Just so you know, once you measure your child’s feet, we always try to fit the shoes a half a size to a whole size longer (3/8 of an inch) of the size that the child measures in the shoe measuring scale (Brannock device), in order to allow for growing room.
Leaving too much growing can compromise your child’s stability and make him or her more prone to falling down.
If your child has elephantiasis, the amount of room that you will end up leaving in the front of the shoes will be longer than a “whole size bigger”. The amount of room you will leave in a pair of shoes for a child that is experiencing elephantiasis ranges from a “whole size and a half longer” to “two full sizes longer”.
The longest I had to fit a shoe for a child with elephantiasis was “two full sizes longer”.
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Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how wide or how narrow your child’s feet are, there is always at least one shoe style out there that will FIT the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, and I am here to HELP YOU find it! I have been helping parents find their children’s shoes online for the last 3 years.
There is one particular shoe style that I have fitted before that comes with all the features I mentioned above and this is my to-go shoe style for children who have really wide feet with high insteps. You can find that shoe style below:
This the shoe style that has proven to be the most effective when it comes to fitting children with swollen feet.
Please note that this shoe style comes with shoelaces instead of Velcro closure since shoelaces provide more support and more stability than Velcro shoes. It’s important to provide your child with as much stability as possible since the shoes will be already in the longer side.
Shoelaces also will allow you to open the shoes widely, so you can insert your children’s feet “smoothly” inside the shoes.
I always recommend that you take your child to be properly fitted for shoes at your local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly find shoes for your child. The issue is that most parents don’t have a local children’s shoe store that they TRUST, so they end up getting their children’s shoes online.
The type of socks that you decide o provide for your child with elephantiasis will also play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy. You need to find socks that won’t constrict toe movement and will allow your child’s toe freely move without overlapping one another.
There are certain socks that are seamless and will prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing against one another. While I can’t get into too much detail about which are the best seamless socks for kids, you should refer to another article I wrote where I describe them in more detail. Go to the link below:
Now that you know which are the best shoes and socks for a child with elephantiasis, you are ready to make a most informed decision.
Is there a particular shoe style that has worked well for a child with elephantiasis on his or her feet?? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.