Finding Running Shoes for Your Child

Finding the perfect pair of running shoes for your child involves more than just picking the trendiest style off the shelf. It's about ensuring that their feet are properly supported and protected, especially during their active play and sports activities. Look for features, such as arch support, a shock-absorbing sole, firm heel support, and easy-to-fasten closures like laces or Velcro. Prioritize fit by having your child's feet measured for both length and width, and make sure they try on several pairs to find the best match for their foot shape. Remember that shoe sizes can vary between brands, so focus on how the shoe feels rather than the number on the label. Pay attention to details like toe wiggle room, snug yet comfortable heel fit, and proper alignment of the ball of the foot. And don't forget, a good shoe should feel comfortable right from the start. There shouldn't be a need to break them in. If you're unsure about the fit or need help with a specific foot problem, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer tailored recommendations based on your child's specific needs.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact the podiatrists of Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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