CAUTION: Toddlers' shoes should be as flexible as possible.
Select a shoe that’s rigid in the middle.Does your shoe twist? Your shoe should never twist in the middle.
Check toe flexibility.The shoe should bend with your child’s toes. It should not be too stiff or bend too much in the toe box area.
Look for a stiff heel cup.Press on both sides of the heelcounter. It should not collapse.
A final point on shoes: although foot problems result mainly from injury, hereditary factors, & deformity or illness, improper footwear can aggravate pre-existing conditions. Family & Sports podiatrist can give you the right shoe advice for your child.
Sports play a significant role in millions of Australian children’s lives, whether on a team or played as individuals. Parents should be mindful of sports that require a substantial amount of running and turning, or involve contact. These can easily translate into injuries. Parents should consider discussing these matters with their Family & Sports podiatrist if they have children participating in active sports. Sports-related foot and ankle injuries become common as children increase their activities in sports. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints among growing children who play sports. Physical activity, particularly jumping or activities requiring cleats, irritates the growth centres of the heels and is painful with side-to-side pressure. Heel pain can also be caused by foot type, and your Family & Sports podiatrist will be able to determine proper treatment.
Other common childhood walking irregularities include in-toeing. In-toeing occurs when one or both feet point toward the other due to a rotation in the foot, leg, thigh or hip. Excessive tripping, like many walking irregularities, can often reveal a more serious condition such as in-toeing.
Persistent toe-walking is not normal. Your Family & Sports podiatrist can examine a child to make a proper diagnosis and determine the best treatment option. Abnormal walking, including toe-walking, can lead to foot and ankle problems later in life. Flat footedness beyond the early years can lead to bunions, hammertoes, heel pain and tendon problems.
Problems noticed at birth will not always disappear by themselves. You should not wait until the child begins walking to take care of a problem you have noticed earlier. It is best to take action when the child is a toddler to ensure better responsiveness to conservative treatment options. Remember that lack of complaint by a youngster is not a reliable sign. The bones of growing feet are so flexible that they can be twisted and distorted without the child being aware of it.
Children make up 65% of our patients. We invite you to benefit from our history of working with children since 2002.