Have you noticed your child falling down more lately? When children are learning how to walk, they tend to fall a lot and this is all part of the learning process. However, children who are already learned how to walk should not be falling down often.
One of the most common reasons of why children keep falling down is from wearing shoes that are not the correct size. Shoes that are fitted too short, too long, too narrow, or too wide are the main contributing cause for children who fall down a lot.
I have helped several children who kept falling down find the correct pair of shoes. You won’t believe what a difference a pair of shoes can make!
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I am an expert when it comes to fitting children’s shoes, and I know which are the best shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands from having fitted the shoes before.
Did you know that poorly fitted shoes are a direct cause for falls and injuries? The first thing to do before assuming that your child has stability issues is to check the shoes and make sure they fit properly. If shoes are fitted too long or too short, the shoes were probably the reason for why your child kept falling down. Children’s shoes play an important role in keeping your kids’ feet and legs healthy.
Before we blame the shoes or assume that your child is naturally clumsy, let’s take a look at other factors that could be affecting your child’s stability:
- Blocked ears could affect your child’s balance and coordination.
- Flat feet also has a direct impact on your child’s balance.
- Your child’s vision could be affecting the way he/she 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’s highly likely that he keeps falling down because the shoes are too long or too short.
You should strongly consider providing your child with a pair of shoelaces instead of a Velcro sneakers. Shoes that come with shoelaces will provide more support and stability to your child’s feet.
Let me show you a selection of the best kids’ shoes that will help them balance and improve their stability.
The Story Of The Child That Kept Falling Down! – Blame The Shoes!
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 foot condition was found and no other issues 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 and a half too long for the child’s feet. The shoes were also too heavy and stiff. Children’s shoes must be supportive but they should never be heavy.
I fitted the child in a different shoe style and in the correct shoe size, and I asked the mother to follow up with me after 2 weeks of wearing the shoes to see if the child kept falling down or not. Turns out that the child was not falling down anymore.
In this particular case, there was nothing wrong with the child’s feet or legs, and the shoes were the only reason why she kept falling down.
This reminds me, if you don’t have a local children’s shoe store that you trust, please start by reading an article where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Is Your Child Learning How To Walk? – Falling Down Is Totally Normal!
I also helped a different family where the parents were concerned that their 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 one day, and I get it, I would have been concerned too.
I explained to the mother that it is normal for falls to happen when a child is learning how to walk.
Believe 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 first walking shoes that would help her daughter take those first steps with confidence.
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 emulate 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.
IMPORTANT TIP: Always allow your child to go barefoot around the house 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:
Now that you know the key role that shoes play in preventing your child from falling down and how to make sure that you provide your child with the correct shoe size, you are ready to take a look at the best shoes for children with stability issues.
Below you can find the most effective shoe style for children with stability issues. However,I provide a more detailed description of the best shoes for children who keep falling down below. This shoe style is also available in brown and black.
The Best Shoes to Prevent Your Child from Falling Down – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This first selection of shoes is for toddlers and young children (1 to 4 years old). The shoes below will fit a child that has medium, wide, or extra wide feet (choose the width accordingly).
This first selection of shoes fit “short”, which means that you need to provide your children with a whole size longer of the size that they measured at the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room.
This second selection of shoes is for older kids (4 to 12 years old). 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 provide your children with a half a size longer of the size that they measure in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
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. A simple thing such as wearing the correct type of shoes in the correct 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 children a pair of shoes with shoelaces, make sure that you teach them how to tie the shoes properly. Shoelaces 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 untied shoelaces.
There is a certain type of shoelace that doesn’t become untied as often. They are made by the shoe company New Balance and they come with bumps that look look bubbles, which prevent the shoelaces from becoming untied all the time. I wrote a post where I describe these shoelaces in more detail. Go to the link below
Now you know which are the best shoes for a child who is having stability issues, you are ready to make the most informative decision.
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 other parents can benefit from your experiences.