Has your child been falling down a lot lately? You might be thinking that he or she is just being clumsy, but there may be several reasons why he keeps falling down!
Did you know that poorly fitted shoes directly cause falls and injuries? The first thing to do before assuming that the child has stability issues is to check their shoes and make sure they fit properly. If they were fitted too long or too short, the shoes were probably the reason for the falls! Children’s shoes play an important role in keeping our kids’ feet and legs healthy throughout their development.
Before we blame the shoes or assume that your child is naturally clumsy, let’s take a look at the factors that could be affecting your child’s stability:
- Did you know that blocked ears could affect your child’s balance and coordination?
- Did you know that if your child is flat footed or has fallen arches that will also affect his balance?
- Did you know that your child’s vision could be affecting the way he walks?
Pay close attention to whether your child is tripping over different things or over his own feet. This is KEY in being able to assess where the problem is coming from! If your child keeps tripping over his own feet, this means that he keeps falling down because of the way he walks or shoes that are too long or too short!
If your child is flat footed and has a hard time walking straight, you should look for a pair of good, supportive shoes to help him or her walk straighter. Orthotics might also be required, since they also help your child walk straighter, but you should always start with a pair of supportive shoes.
You should strongly consider providing your child with a pair of shoe laces instead of a velcro sneakers. Did you know that shoes that come with shoe laces provide more stability for your child and also more support!
When a child is frequently falling down, I always recommend checking the shoes first. If the child is wearing the correct shoe size and keeps falling, you MUST take him to the professional such as a doctor to figure out what might be going on. In this post, I will describe the best shoes for kids’ that provide more support and stability!
The Story Of The Child That Kept Falling Down!
First let me tell you that I have been fitting children’s shoes for over 6 years, and I work for a specialized children’s shoe store that helps children who have foot and leg issues!
Last week, one family came to the shoe store to have their daughter’s feet and shoes checked. The issue was that the child has been falling down frequently for the last 4 months, and after she was seen by her pediatrician, she was advised to have her shoes and feet checked because no problems could be found with her ears or vision.
I proceeded to check how the shoes were fitting, and I found out that the shoe was a whole size too big for the child’s feet, and we found this out 4 months after she began wearing the shoes for the first time! It was awkward, but the mother started crying since she felt super guilty that all this time, her child falling simply because she was wearing the wrong sized shoes!
I fitted the child the girl in the correct pair of shoes, and explained to her mother that she should come back to the store and see me 2 weeks after wearing the shoes to see if the child would stop falling down. Turns out that the child indeed did stop falling down as soon as she began wearing the correctly sized shoes!!!
There was nothing wrong with the child’s feet or legs, ALL SHE NEEDED WAS THE CORRECT SHOE SIZE! The mother kept thanking me and telling me how she would always bring the child to be fitted for shoes at this shoe store and nowhere else!
This reminds me, STOP taking your child to be fitted for shoes in places that don’t know what they are doing. I actually wrote a post about the best places to buy your kids’ shoes and the places you must avoid. The post is called:
Is Your Child Learning How To Walk? Falling Down Is Totally Normal!
I also helped a different family where the mom was concerned that her child was constantly falling down. This situation was a totally different story because in this case, the child was learning how to walk. The child was covered with bruises on her legs and arms! She said she spoke with her pediatrician and was told not to worry about it too much, since other than causing a bad bruise, a fall shouldn’t cause any major damage to the child.
The mom was still worried that her child might hit her head, and I get it, I would have been concerned too! No parent wants to see lumps or bruises on their children.
I explained to the mother that it is normal for falls to happen when a child is learning how to walk. Believer it or not, children who are learning how to walk are designed in anticipation of falling down and don’t get terribly hurt. As children start falling down more, they begin to learn how to land with their hands first. The more they fall, the better they land with each fall. The mother felt a lot better after hearing this, and we proceeded to find the child a pair of shoes that would help her daughter take those first steps!
The shoes appropriate for this stage are what I call “transitional shoes,” They are very soft and flexible shoes that do not hinder development, since they are the similar to walking barefoot. Shoes at this stage are only meant to be used for protection when you take your child outside to the shopping mall or the playground. Inside the house, is always better to leave your child who is learning how to walk to be barefoot for healthy foot development!
I wrote a post where I describe the best first walking shoes for children who are learning how to walk and you can find it here:
Do you know the best shoes for a child who is learning how to walk? I always recommend taking your child to your local children’s shoe store that you trust, since those first steps are always the hardest for your child. If you don’t have a kids’ store in your area that you trust, below you can find the best fitting shoes for a child who keeps falling down!
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.
The Best Shoes For Kids’ With Stability Issues – The Secret Revealed!
Proper shoe fitting requires knowledge and experience. I was trained by co-workers who have 20 plus years of experience in the children shoe business. Never underestimate the importance that shoes play in your kids’ health. A simple thing like wearing the right shoe size can really affect the way your child walks and runs! Proper fitting shoes will prevent injuries from falling, which are quite common!
If you decide to get your child a pair of shoes with shoes laces, make sure you teach him how to tie the shoes properly. Shoe laces will become untied, and your child must be ready to tie them promptly every time this happens. Otherwise, this can worsen the issue by making the child fall more when they trip over the untie shoe laces.
There is a certain type of shoe lace that doesn’t become untied as much. They are made by New Balance and they come with bumps that look look bubbles, which prevent the shoe laces from becoming untied all the time. I wrote a post where I describe these shoe laces in more detail called:
Now you know the best shoes for a child who is having stability issues! Remember that the simple act of providing your child with the correct pair of shoes can have huge positive result on the way they walk!
Has your child been falling down a lot? Have you checked whether his or her shoes are fitting properly? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!