CHOOS­ING THE RIGHT SHOE

PO­DI­A­TRIST ANNA BEETHAM SHARES HER TOP TIPS FOR BUY­ING SHOES FOR YOUR CHILD

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - First Steps -

Your baby’s feet will grow faster in the first three years than any other time in his life, so it’s vi­tal to have his feet sized by a trained pro­fes­sional at least ev­ery three to six months.

Let your child walk around in the shoes he is try­ing on. Look for signs of him be­ing un­steady or his feet rolling too far in­wards or out­wards.

Shoes should al­ways pro­tect your child’s foot and en­hance nor­mal foot func­tion. They should not re­strict the foot or change the way your child has been walk­ing.

If your child is un­steady or tripping in his shoes – but not when he is bare­foot – then the shoes he is wear­ing are not ap­pro­pri­ate (or safe).

It’s im­por­tant to en­sure your child is get­ting the best pos­si­ble footwear for his de­vel­op­men­tal stage. Don’t sim­ply treat his feet like mini adult feet or his shoes like your lat­est fash­ion ac­ces­sory.

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