CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHOE
PODIATRIST ANNA BEETHAM SHARES HER TOP TIPS FOR BUYING SHOES FOR YOUR CHILD
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.