All parents agree that the health of theirs kids is their top priority right from the day they are given birth and as they grow up. Your kids’ feet are an essential part of their body, but it is the most ignored by most parents.
Do you have a toddler who has been diagnosed with flat feet?
I have been working for a children’s shoe store for 8 years now, and I know everything that relates to children’s shoes and the way they FIT. It’s a specialized shoe store where we focus on children with foot issues such as flat feet, knocked knees, and pronation.
When children are growing up, they start to experience changes in their feet faster than other parts of their body. And as kids start learning how to walk, most parents will notice variations in their kids’ feet. It’s important that at this stage we keep our kids’ feet healthy by providing them with the correct pair of shoes to protect and support their feet.
If your child is flat footed his or her feet collapse when they are standing, turning their feet and legs inwards and putting pressure in parts of their body where they are not supposed to.
Providing your children with a pair of good substantial shoes will allow them to walk and run straighter, and prevent them for developing foot issues and foot and leg pain.
However, getting the correct type of shoe is not enough. You must provide your child with the correct shoe size if you want him or her to get all the benefits that the shoe provides.
The feet are a sensitive part of the body, and as an adult, you must have experienced the sharp pain that feels like ringing in your head when you wear shoes that are too tight or too narrow for your feet. Thus, you can imagine how your child will feel when you provide him or her with shoes that don’t FIT properly.
If your child has been diagnosed with flat feet, I will describe in this post the best shoes for a toddler with flat feet!
The Importance Of Keeping Your Kids Feet Healthy!
Parents should take care of their kids’ feet as they are a susceptible and soft part of their body. The feet are regarded as the foundation of their entire body. Parents should start monitoring their kids’ feet right from when they start taking their first steps.
If you pay close attention to your baby’s feet, you would have noticed that they are often flat as their arches have not developed yet. As your child starts growing up, you will notice how the arch develops under the feet of your child (keep in mind that children can develop an arch until the age of 5). This is because the feet go through an ossification process where the feet develop arch support and bone tissues for proper development of the feet.
Now, if your child has not developed an arch by the age of 5, it’s most likely he or she is flat footed.
When you pay close attention to the development of your baby’s feet, you will be able to detect any form of foot issues that may be developing in the feet of your child. You will also be able to provide the proper type of shoe for the baby to help in the development of his or her feet.
Take a look at the picture below to understand the different type of arches people have and maybe you can relate it to your kids feet.
Providing your children with the correct type of shoes is the first step in keeping their feet healthy. Did you know that they type of shoes you provide for your children have been identified as the leading cause of foot problems experienced by kids as they may not fit properly or do not provide the necessary support for the development of their feet?
If your child is flat footed, once he or she start walking and running around you must provide him or her with a pair of supportive shoes, and I will describe the best type of shoes for a kid with flat feet in this post.
What Are The Best Type Of Shoes For A Flat Footed Child?
It’s important to choose the correct type of shoes for your child, which involve a substantial supportive sole, a firm heel counter, and lightweight materials.
As you kids grow, you must keep their feet healthy by providing them with supportive shoes that will support and assist in the healthy development of their feet.
If your toddler has flat feet, you can prevent foot and leg pain and improve the way he or she walks by following these guidelines:
- Provide them with supportive footwear as their feet continue to develop.
- Provide them with lightweight, breathable shoes.
- Provide them with breathable and seamless socks.
- Provide them with the correct shoe size!
Supportive Shoes For Your Kids – Why They Are Important?
We all know how kids tend to be very active and they like to run and play rough; that is the reason why the shoes that you provide for your children must have the correct type of support and durability.
The best type of shoes for your kids are those that will FIT the shape of their feet perfectly, provide arch support and a firm heel counter for ankle support and are also flexible enough to allow free movement of the feet. These are the must have features your kids’ shoes must provide in order to keep their feet healthy.
The shoe with the right support for your kids will help in preventing foot, leg, and back pain as well as injuries which might result from wearing the wrong type of shoes or the wrong shoe size. It is worrisome how certain shoe companies fail to provide the necessary arch and heel support when manufacturing kids’ shoes.
This is not good for the health of the feet especially for kids as they are in their developmental stage where they will need all the right support for proper and healthy foot development.
Now that you know the key role that good supportive shoes provide for a toddler with flat feet, below you can find a selection of the most supportive and better made shoes for children with flat feet!
The shoes below will fit a child that has narrow, medium, or wide feet (choose the width accordingly).
This first selection of shoes fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes below will fit a child with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
This selection of shoes fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Keep in mind that if your toddler is pronating severely, you should go for the shoe styles that come with shoelaces, since they provide more support and more stability for the feet.
The Importance of Getting The Correct Shoe Size – Get It Right!
When it comes to providing their children with the correct shoe size, parents tend to make the mistake of leaving extra room in the front of the shoe for their children to grow into them. A certain amount of growing room is okay, the issue comes with parents decide to leave extra growing room and end up compromising their children’s stability.
The concern should be more on getting the correct shoe size for the health of the kids and not just looking at the economic angle. The correct shoe size for your child goes far beyond of just getting the correct shoe length, since getting the correct shoe width size has the same importance as getting the correct length size.
Why is it so important to get the correct shoe width? If the shoe that you provide for your child is too narrow, it will impair the growth of the feet especially the small toe (pinky toe). This might lead to deformation in the growth of the feet, especially in cases of flat foot condition.
A shoe that is too narrow will also lead to all sort of foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns. Thus getting the correct shoe size for your kids is essential for the health and proper development of the feet.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that FIT. However, there are several parents who don’t have a local shoe store in their area that they trust, and they must buy their shoes online.
There is nothing wrong with this, but you must make sure you are providing your child with the correct type of shoes and the correct shoe size. That is the reason why I wrote a post where I describe the most simple and effective way to figure out your kids’ shoe size and you can find it below:
Remember that when you are shopping online you will be able to read reviews from other parents just like you that are buying their kids shoes online. You will get the first-hand experience from those parents that have tried the same shoes and this will help you in deciding on choosing the best type of shoes for your kids.
Do you have a child that is flat footed? Have you found a particular shoe style that has helped him or her walk and run straighter? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!