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What is a Normal Foot? – Learn the Most Effective Method to Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy!

Kids Foot Pain

Has your child been complaining about foot and leg pain? Are you wondering whether your kids’ feet and legs are healthy?

Most of my articles discuss children’s feet problems and abnormalities, but in order to fully understand these problems we must first know what constitutes a normal foot.

I have worked at a children’s shoe store for 10 years fitting children’s shoes and orthotics. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoe brands for children.

If you are wondering about whether your kids’ feet are developing correctly and if they are healthy or not, take a look at the seven criteria a normal foot should meet:

Viewed from behind, the heel should be in line with the leg.

Viewed from behind, the forefoot should be in line with the hindfoot.

Viewed from above, the forefoot should be in line with the hindfoot.

 Viewed from the side the forefoot should not be lower or higher than the hindfoot, nor the foot lower or higher than the leg.

All of these criteria for a normal foot have to do with alignment. Good alignment is necessary if you want your kids’ feet to support their weight and let them walk and run and do all other kind of activities without causing them pain. In reality, many kids’ feet don’t completely meet all the criteria for normalcy, yet a person can be symptom-free and have no walking or running restrictions, because the body is able to compensate for mild to moderate variations in alignment.

What are the 3 most common reasons that affect alignment?

✅ Having flat feet.

✅ Having high arches.

✅ Having rolled ankles.

Let me make things easier for you and help you visualize how a heathy foot looks like.

In the picture below you can see the difference between a foot with an arch versus a foot without an arch:

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In the picture below you can see the difference between a foot with a high arch and a foot with a regular arch:

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In the picture below you can see the difference between ankles that are rolling inwards and ankles that are straight:

All of these 3 foot conditions will leas to the misalignment of your child’s body.

The good news is that the correct pair of shoes with a substantial outsole and a firm heel counter can improve your child’s walking gait and overall posture.

Let me show you the best type of shoes that will keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy.

How can you Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy? – Learn the Secret!

It’s important to keep an eye on your child’s foot development from an early stage since the bones in your kids’ feet are made of soft cartilage that with time develops into bones–this process is known as ossification.

I always emphasize to parents that the most effective way to help their kids’ feet to develop naturally as possible by choosing the correct type of shoes.

I will provide you with a selection of the best children’s shoes, but before I describe them there are certain steps you can take to help your child’s feet develop naturally.

Let’s take a look at a few tips that will help your child’s feet grow, develop and strengthen as naturally as possible:

 You can promote flexibility by tickling your kids’ feet and playing with his or her toes.

 Allow your children to strengthen the muscles and tendons of their feet by letting them walk barefoot around the house. Once your child is ready to play outside provide him/her with a pair of flexible and lightweight shoes.

Provide your child with shoes that don’t constrict toe movement–kids’ move their toes as a way of exercising their feet.

Choose breathable and seamless socks that are made out of cotton or cotton- wool since they tend to absorb moisture and keep the feet warm.

Make sure your baby’s socks are the correct size in order to prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping each other.

The Best Shoes for Babies ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for a baby that is learning how to walk. These shoes can fit babies with medium (M), wide (W), or extra wide (XW) feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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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. This will allow the proper amount of growing room without getting the shoes too long or too short.

The Best Shoes for Toddlers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for toddlers who are already walking: The shoes below will fit a toddler that has narrow, medium, or wide feet–choose the width accordingly.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order these shoes a whole size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.6 inches or 1 centimeter of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

The Best Shoes for Older Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The shoes below will fit a child with medium (M), wide (W), or extra wide (XW) feet.

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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.

If you don’t have a local children’s shoe store where you can take your child to be properly fitted for shoes, you should take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective method to provide your child with the correct shoe size:

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

Keep in mind that the size that your child measures at the shoe measuring scale is only a starting point when trying to find the correct shoe size for your child, since shoes can run short, long, narrow or wide.

Child Foot Measure

Don’t Forget About the Socks – Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy!

Like I mentioned before, choosing breathable and seamless socks that are made out of cotton or cotton-wool tend to absorb moisture and keep kids’feet warm. Socks also act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, preventing the formation of bacteria inside the shoes.

If you want to learn more about the best socks for children, you can find them in an article I wrote called:

The Best Baby Socks – Keep Your Baby’s Feet Healthy!

All feet are different, and there is no such thing as two feet alike. While it might be hard to define what a normal foot is,  I provided you with a set of guidelines that will help you make sure that your child’s feet are developing correctly and it all starts by providing your child with the correct pair of shoes and socks.

Do you happen to have a children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? I get contacted by parents daily asking me if I know about a good children’s shoe store in their area. If you happen to have one, please let us know in the comments section below so we can all benefit from your experiences.

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

I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kids feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

 

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