Baby feetWhen color TV first broadcasted in 1951, only a few cities could watch it. In fact, this new medium of entertainment didn’t take off until the 1960s, when people adopted it into their homes. Then, the business boomed and continues to rule the airwaves today. Let this success story, and Color TV Day on Wednesday, June 25, serve as a reminder that it takes time to see results—good, but also bad-- especially when it comes to the right fit for your children’s shoes.

You might not notice it right away, but problems like bunions, high arches, and flat feet can develop over time if you put your kids in shoes that don’t fit. If the shoes are too tight, they cramp the toes and don’t allow enough movement in the area. If your children’s shoes are too big, they won’t flex in the same places that your child’s foot flexes.

It might seem hard to adopt at first, but if you really want to get your kids’ shoes to fit, you should bring them to a podiatrist or someone who can measure their feet correctly. Follow these tips to get the proper fit throughout the years:

Before they start walking, babies and toddlers don’t need shoes— only booties, socks or soft shoes. If the socks are knitted, make sure the holes aren’t big enough where the yarn can bind around the toes and cut off circulation.

Once your kids are on their feet, they’ll need a high-top shoe with laces until they reach about 18 months. The laces make the fit easier to adjust. The sole should be smooth and flat, making it easier to walk and harder to trip.

When your kids start going to school, their range of activities—and amount of shoes—will increase dramatically. Make sure you help them pick shoes that have ventilation and support.

If you find the right fit early on, you’ll save a lot of time and money in the long run. Call the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group in Carmichael, CA, at (916) 961-3434 for help with the proper fit.

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