Shoes should above all protect your children’s feet.
An important fact to note is allowing babies to go barefoot or to wear socks helps the foot to grow normally and promotes the grasping action of toes.
- Always have both feet measured for length and width
- The shoes should fit the natural shape of the foot especially around the toes.
- The toe of the shoe should allow toes to move freely and not be squashed from the top or the sides. Make sure there is about 10mm growing room for the children between the end of the longest toe and the end of the shoe.
- Shoes should fit comfortably around the heel and not be too loose or too tight.
- Check with a Podiatrist if you notice: uneven shoe wear; notice any skin rashes, hard skin, lumps or bumps on your child’s feet; if your child complains of recurrent pain in the legs and/or feet; if your child is constantly tripping or falling.