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Do A Child’s Shoes “Make The Grade?” Look For a Stiff Heel. Press on both sides of the heel counter. It shouldn’t collapse.Check Toe Flexibility. The shoe should bend with a child’s toes. It shouldn’t be too stiff or bend too much in the toe box area.Select a Shoe With a Rigid Middle. Does the shoe twist? A shoe should never twist in the middleAre the shoes secure on the foot? Laces or Velcro are best to hold the foot in place.
Additional Advice for ParentsFoot problems noticed at birth will not disappear by themselves. Do not wait until a child gets older to fix a problem! Foot problems in youth can lead to greater problems down the road.If there are concerns about the way a child is walking, get him/her checked by a podiatrist. A lack of complaint by a youngster is not a reliable sign that there is no problem. Going barefoot is a healthy activity for children under the right conditions. However, walking barefoot on dirty pavement can expose children’s feet to the dangers of infection through accidental cuts and to severe contusions, sprains or fractures. Plantar warts, a virus on the sole of the foot, can also be contracted.Children’s sports related injuries are on the rise. A child’s visit to a podiatrist can help determine any concerns there may be regarding the child participating in specific sports and help identify the activities that may be best suited for the individual child. Protective taping of the ankles may be recommended to help prevent sprains and fractures.