Back to school: Choosing the Right kids shoes for Growing Feet

January . 21st . 2024 | General treatment

The journey of childhood is marked by growth and exploration, and as parents, ensuring our children’s well-being is a top priority. Choosing the right kids shoes for growing feet is crucial to support proper movement and reduce the risk of future issues. In this guide, we’ll explore the key features of kids’ shoes, the importance of footwear assessments, and the game-changing role that custom orthotics can play in kids who need them. 

Key Features of Kids Shoes:

When it comes to selecting shoes for children, it’s not just about the look; it’s about providing the necessary support for their developing feet. A firm heel and heel cup are paramount for stability and support. This feature ensures that the shoe hugs the back of the foot, providing a secure foundation.

Laces play a crucial role, not just in keeping the shoes on but also in pushing the foot back and down, into the heel. This secure fit is essential for maintaining proper alignment and preventing detrimental movement within the shoe.

The midsole of a shoe is where the magic happens. It needs to be robust enough to withstand the high impacts of children’s active lifestyles but have enough cushion to absorb shock and provide comfort. A collapsing midsole can lead to foot problems and discomfort.

Arch support is often neglected in many children’s shoes. For some kids, especially those with unique foot structures, arch support is crucial. If your child needs that extra support, considering custom orthotics might be the ideal solution.

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Kids Footwear Assessments:

Understanding the unique needs of growing feet requires expertise. This is where kids’ footwear assessments with a podiatrist comes into play. A professional assessment helps parents and children make informed choices about the type of shoes that would best suit their individual needs.

During an assessment, factors such as the child’s activities, sporting needs, and developmental stage are considered. It’s not just about finding a stylish pair of shoes; it’s about ensuring that the chosen footwear supports the child’s feet in their daily adventures.

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Custom Orthotics for Kids:

Ensuring the normal development of your child’s growing body is crucial for their overall well-being and mobility. While standard footwear serves the needs of many children, there are instances where custom orthotics can play a pivotal role in averting potential issues with movement in the future. These specialised insoles are not just an option for addressing discomfort; children’s orthotics aim to support the arch, foot and ankle in walking and standing so their development can continue normally.

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Choosing the right shoes, undergoing regular assessments, and considering custom orthotics when needed are steps toward ensuring a lifetime of healthy movement. So, as parents, let’s take a proactive approach to our children’s foot health, setting the foundation for a future filled with happy, active steps.

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