Spring sports are already in full swing for student-athletes in our greater Sacramento, CA community. Many high school boys and girls at Sacramento Country Day School are participating in baseball, golf, and tennis. McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group hopes that all Cavaliers not only have success on the diamonds, courses, or courts this spring, but also are able to stay safe.

A key part in keeping athletes safe is ensuring that they have athletic shoes that are activity-appropriate, fit correctly, and properly support their feet. We want to help you know what to look for in children’s shoes, especially if your son or daughter is staying active this spring season.

Spring sports shoesAs with all footwear, proper fit is essential. Shoes that are too tight in the front increase the risk for issues like ingrown or black toenails and can contribute to the development of juvenile bunions. On the other hand, those that are too loose can lead to increased risk of blisters and ankle injuries. Ideally, you want to strike a balance.

When your son or daughter tries on new shoes for their respective spring sports, make sure that he or she can wiggle his or her toes. If your child cannot, move on to the next pair. At the same time, the heel should be firmly cradled and you will be able to slide your index finger down to the second knuckle in the back. Of course, make sure he or she laces them up snugly before heading out to the field, court, or diamond.

In addition to proper fit, you also want to make sure that shoes provide adequate arch support, have ample cushioning, and are well-constructed from durable (yet breathable) materials. It can be helpful to check out customer reviews on websites to see how the footwear holds up and what kinds of experiences other individuals have had.

Having the right athletic shoes—models that are supportive, fit well, and are appropriate for your child’s sport—is a key step in reducing the risk of injury. Unfortunately, it is impossible to completely eliminate all injury risk from sports. If your son or daughter injures a foot or ankle during athletic participation, we can help. McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group provides exceptional child foot care for residents in the greater Sacramento, CA community. Call us at (916) 961-3434 and we can answer any questions, provide additional information, or help you arrange a visit. You can also schedule your appointment with our Carmichael office online today.

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