When you are a parent, your children are your world. Your primary concern is their safety and wellbeing, so it can be tough when a son or daughter develops a foot or ankle issue. Of course, you can always bring him or her to our Massapequa, NY office for effective treatment, but we know you’d rather prevent painful conditions in the first place. One way you can do this is by making the right choices in children’s footwear. We have some child shoe tips to help.
Feet and ankles are essential for keeping us upright and mobile, and most humans are at their most mobile when they are young. Kids run around with boundless energy and always seem to be on the go as they start to grow up. Shoes obviously play a major role in protecting their feet, so let’s get right into those tips for buying children’s footwear:
- Don’t hand down shoes. It is no big deal to pass down shirts and pants that fit well from child to child, but shoes that fit comfortably on one set of feet might not on another. Also, this particular practice can lead to the sharing of athlete’s foot or toenail fungus.
- Go shopping later in the day. Feet widen throughout the course of the day and are at their largest in the evening. By shopping for child shoes later, you can ensure that they will fit comfortably all day long.
- Measure their feet. Depending on the age of your child, his or her feet are growing at an incredible rate and can change in size as often as every couple of months. Given that the feet need to be measured, this means you need to bring your son or daughter along so you can know that footwear fits like it should.
- Buy for the larger foot. Feet are rarely the exact same size, so make sure that each foot is measured and then buy a pair that fits the larger one.
Ensuring that your son or daughter has the right footwear is an important component of child foot care. Our Nassau County, NY foot doctor office can provide additional information when you call (516) 804-9038. Foot Specialists of Long Island also provides first-class treatment for common (and not so common!) child foot issues, so schedule your appointment with us online today.