When selecting your children’s shoes for school, there are a few things you can do that will help your kids’ feet stay healthy and happy, plus get more mileage out of their shoes. The American Podiatric Medical Association has put a count-down together for THREE major shopping tips for kids’ shoes.

  1. Look for stiff heels,
  2. Check the toe flexibility,
  3. Don’t do the TWIST.

These three things have application for many shoe designs, so the kids can be stylish and comfortable at the same time their feet are being protected for the future. Some brands have been awarded the APMA seal of approval; check for that seal when you are shopping to save yourself time and stress.

Shoes that don’t fit, whether too large or too small, aggravate feet. They will irritate tender spots. No kid wants to take care of a pair of shoes that make miserable feet from the start.

Kids grow at unpredictable rates; their feet may have growth spurts that mean their shoes should be changed frequently. Then, the growth may level off and the shoes will be worn out (and not working well for the child’s feet).

Don’t hand shoes down — a new shoe soon becomes adapted to the foot; it won’t be the same for the next foot. Additionally the style that fits one child can’t be a certain fit for another. If there are other problems such as fungus or bacterial infections on the first child’s feet, the second child’s feet can become infected as well.

Examine heels on old shoes to see how they wear down; uneven heel wear can indicate a problem with the way a child stands or walks which should be addressed by a podiatrist early. You can get an appointment for evaluation at Hoosier Foot and Ankle by calling 317-660-2115. Or you can use the online appointment request available 24/7 for your convenience.

Feet are seldom the same size; always buy for the larger foot to avoid getting caught in the ‘outgrown trap’ when the larger foot become cramped in the shoe.

Good shoes do not have to have a ‘break-in’ period. Kids need to be able to put their shoes on and go what they do best. Take the child with you when you are shoe shopping. Choices will be appreciated more when the child is involved, plus you won’t risk choosing the right size in a style that still doesn’t fit.

You can download and print out a colorful shopping chart from the APMA at this link. And enjoy the video where it is clear how much kids enjoy choosing and wearing great shoes.