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Keep Your Kids’ Feet Healthy with Proper Shoes

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The Carmichael Soccer Club provides an avenue for children ages 4-18 to learn and hone their skills on the pitch, but youth who participate in sports also develop confidence, discipline, and teamwork. As a caring parent, you don’t want them to develop foot or ankle issues when participating in athletic activity. If your son or daughter is physically active, you need to understand the important role children’s shoes play in their health.

When it comes to choosing proper shoes to keep your kids’ feet healthy, the most important factor you need to consider is the fit. Footwear that doesn’t fit correctly is the culprit behind many foot and ankle problems.

Shoes that are too tight can cause issues like ingrown or black toenails, blisters, corns, and calluses. If a pair of shoes are too loose, they allow the feet to slide within and develop blisters from the friction.

Your starting point for picking a proper-fitting shoes that are appropriate for your child’s sport is knowing when and where to buy the right pair. Feet swell during the course of the day, so it is best to go shopping in the evening. If your child needs athletic shoes, choose a store that specializes in them and is staffed with knowledgeable employees who can provide assistance.

Tips to keep in mind include:

  • There should be a thumb’s width of space between the longest toe and the front of the shoe, and the heel should be cradled firmly.

  • Your child’s toes should be able to wiggle freely.

  • Rely on shoe sizes only as a reference point – fit is more important than a number printed on the inside of the tongue.

  • One foot is typically larger than the other, so have both feet measured and use the larger one for determining proper fit.

Choosing the right shoes can make a positive difference in keeping your children safe from foot and ankle conditions, but we know that life still happens. Accidents are never completely avoidable when your child (or anyone, for that matter) is physically active. You don’t want to hold your kids back from sports and exercises, but weigh the trade-offs when you decide.

Remember, if something does happen during activity, the caring professionals at McDowell Podiatry Group can effectively treat most sports injuries with conservative, nonsurgical methods. Contact our Carmichael, CA office by calling (916) 961-3434 or schedule an appointment online today.
Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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