Why Does My Child Keep Falling? – Blame the Shoes!

Have you noticed lately your child falls more often? 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 often. One of the most common questions that parents ask me at the shoe store where I work is: Why does my child keep falling?

One of the most common reasons why children keep falling is from wearing shoes that are not the correct size. Shoes that are fitted too short or too long are the main contributing cause for children who fall a lot. If your child keeps falling I recommend that you start by making sure that the shoes are the correct size.

I have helped several children who kept falling find the correct pair of shoes. You won’t believe what a difference a pair of shoes can make!

Have You Already Taken Your Child to Your Medical Professional?

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 have 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 his own feet. This is key to 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 because the shoes are too long or too short.

Did you know that poorly fitted shoes are a direct cause of 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 you believe your child keeps falling because of the shoes, take a look at the article below which is going to help you determine whether your child’s shoes are too short or too long.

You should strongly consider providing your child with a pair of shoelaces instead of velcro sneakers as shoelaces provide better support and stability to your child’s feet.

The Story of the Child that Kept Falling!

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 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 that was 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 anymore.

In this particular case, there was nothing wrong with the child’s feet or legs, and the shoes were the only reason why the child kept falling.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

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. In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.


Is Your Child Learning How to Walk? – Falling is Totally Normal!

I also helped a different family where the parents were concerned that their toddler was constantly falling. This situation was a totally different story because in this case, the toddler was learning how to walk. The toddler 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 toddler.

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 toddler is learning how to walk.

Believe it or not, toddlers who are learning how to walk are designed in anticipation of falling and don’t get terribly hurt. As toddlers start falling 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.

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.

Now that you know the key role that shoes play in preventing your child from falling 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.

I only review shoes that I have fitted before since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made and supportive they are, and how they fit. Disclosure: Some links in this post may be affiliate links and we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) when you click our links and make purchases.

Best Shoes to Prevent Your Child from Falling

Below you can find the most effective shoes for children with stability issues and they can fit the shape of a child with medium (M), wide (W) or extra wide feet XW).

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having issues finding a particular shoe style to fit the shape of your child’s feet:

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These shoes all come with shoelaces as they provide better support and stability than any other type of shoe closure.

Proper shoe fitting requires knowledge and experience. I was trained by co-workers who have 20 plus years of experience in the children’s 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.

Has your child been falling down a lot? Have you checked whether his or her shoes are fitted properly? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.