Do you have a child with elephantiasis in his or her feet? 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 also provide regular shoe fittings 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. 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 did find one shoe style that worked for his feet. Please keep in mind that how well this particular shoe style will work on your child’s feet will depend on how swollen his feet are.
There are a couple of features that I have found that the shoes must provide in order to fit your child with elephantiasis on his or her 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 prevent 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 his or her 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” of the size that the child measures in the shoe measuring scale (Brannock device).
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” of the size that the child measures in the shoe measuring scale.
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 a “two full sizes longer”.
Shoes For Elephantiasis – Deep and Extra Wide!
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 three years.
If your child has elephantiasis, 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.
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.
This shoe style comes with shoelaces instead of Velcro 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.
Is there a particular shoe style that you will recommend for a child that has elephantiasis in his or her feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.