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Shoes for Kids with Clubfoot – Give These Life Changing Shoes a Try!

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Clubfoot (also called talipes) is a malformed foot or even two malformed feet, pointing down and inward. The cause remains unknown, but it is believed to be hereditary.

A technique called the Ponseti method is the standard and most effective treatment for clubfoot.

It is recommended to treat babies shortly after birth so the foot is corrected before they start trying to walk.  You should also know that it is also possible to treat clubfoot in older children.

Depending on where you live there might be not much awareness of the condition and so people go untreated their entire lives.

Parents need to understand that clubfoot does not resolve on its own. With treatment, most clubfeet are correctable and have good function. After the Ponseti method is applied, your baby will need to wear special boots attached to each other with a bar to prevent the club foot returning. Take a look at the image below for clarification:

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They’ll only need to wear these until they’re 4 or 5 years old.

I am here to help children who are 4 or 5 years old or older and have a hard time finding shoes that fit. As your child grows older, you’ll want your child to be able to hike the Grand Canyon, climb mountains, and even complete a marathon!

What Happens After Your Child Turns 4 Years Old?

The biggest challenge that parents face is to find the correct pair of shoes as one foot is generally considerably larger or shorter than the other one. The affected foot may always be smaller than the other foot, and most of the time the difference is so considerable that the child needs to end up wearing two different sized shoes.

It is hard for most families to buy two different pair of shoes for their children that they will quickly outgrow. There are stores which will charge you full price for the first pair and give you the second one at 40% off Zappos just adopted this policy.

The most recent child I helped find shoes to accommodate his clubfoot had a 4 shoe size difference between his feet. The left foot measured at a shoe size 1 and the left foot was extremely wide and flat. The right foot measured at a shoe size 5  and it had a very high arch.

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It was challenging to find shoes that fit but I have a lot of experience when it comes to fitting children’s shoes, and I know which shoes work better than others from having fitted them before.

I have been helping children 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 on children with foot and leg problems such as clubfoot, flat feet, overpronation, rolled ankles, high arches, low muscle tone, etc. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes to help treat these conditions.

It’s important that you fit your child in supportive shoes to help improve your child’s walking gait and overall posture. I am not talking about orthopedic shoes, just regular sneakers that simply provide better support than others.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Clubfeet?

The shoes I recommend are regular everyday sneakers that provide 2 key features:

Substantial Outsole: This feature is going to help improve your child’s walking gait and overall posture by preventing your child’s feet from turning inwards or outwards. Let me show you the difference in support between one of the shoes I recommend and a different style. Do you notice how the shoe on the right has a thicker outsole compared to the shoe on the left?

Targeted Ankle Support: This feature is going to help prevent your child’s ankles from rolling inwards or outwards as well as prevent ankle pain. Let me show you the difference between a shoe that provides good ankle support versus one that doesn’t. Always press on the heel counter of the shoes prior to buying them in order to make sure it feels firm and not soft.

I have heard from many people who were born with clubfeet who now have to deal with balance issues, weak ankles, stiff heels, as well as general foot, and leg pain.

These Shoes Can  Improve Your Child’s Walking Gait and Balance!

The shoes below can fit children with medium (M), wide (W), or extra wide (XW) feet. Remember that these are not orthopedic shoes, they are regular everyday sneakers that simply provide better support than others.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

In order to buy the correct shoe size online you are going to need to know your child’s exact foot size prior to ordering them. If you are unsure of your child’s foot size please refer to the article below:

How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width 

All of the shoes I recommend come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure, as shoelaces provide better support and stability than any other type of closure.

Do not hesitate to contact me directly if you are having trouble finding a pair of shoes for your child’s feet: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com 

Clubfoot is more common than you think! The good news is the Ponseti method offers a simple and straightforward method of correcting clubfoot which involves minimal surgical intervention. It is important to keep your child in supportive sneakers that provide good stability in order for your child to be able to continue being active and prevent any foot or leg pain.

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

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