As a parent, you have many different choices to make for your children. You have to choose what to feed them, how to dress them, how to care for them, and even what shoes they wear. It can be a daunting task. There are so many different options and it’s hard to figure out what is exactly the right thing to do. Are you making the right choice? Will you scar your child for life? You could, if you pick the wrong shoes for their tiny, developing feet.
When shopping for shoes for your baby or child, it is really easy to want to buy the cute shoes. These cute shoes tend to be very rigid, inflexible and unforgiving. If a shoe is restrictive it does not allow for proper motion of the feet and the toes. This can cause many complications for the foot. Bunions, spurs, blisters, and calluses can all be caused by shoes that do not properly fit. These cute shoes can also cause other severe deformities if worn too often.
When shopping for shoes and even socks, it is important to select a pair that is not restrictive. Shoes and socks should not be too tight, too narrow, or have an inflexible sole. Crib shoes are often a good choice for a newborn's foot. These shoes have a flexible sole, are not restrictive, and have a lot of room in the toe box. Many crib shoes even come with grip so that your child does not slip when learning to walk. These types of shoes are ideal for a newborn baby and toddler.
When your child is fully mobile, try to find shoes that bend easily and that are breathable. Sneakers tend to be a very good option for small, growing feet. Make sure that the sneakers are wide enough at the forefoot and toes, and do not rub too abruptly on the Achilles tendon. Also, be sure to check your child’s shoe size regularly. Tiny feet have a tendency to grow quickly and get cramped in their shoes.
Are you still having a hard time figuring out which shoe is right for your child’s foot? Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC of Chandler, Arizona can help you connect with a highly trained podiatrist to answer all your questions and concerns. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn have years of experience in helping parents choose the right shoe for their baby’s feet. Just call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today