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How to Measure Your Child’s Feet

Tuesday, 14 February 2023 00:00

Finding the right shoes for your child is essential for maintaining the health of their feet as they grow. Experts recommend measuring both feet, as their sizes may differ, and buying shoes that fit the larger foot. An easy way to accomplish this is to have the child stand with their back to the wall and the heels touching the wall. Place a book in front of the longest toe, and measure the distance from heel to toe. The width of the feet is also important to note, so that the toes are not squeezed in their shoes. Be aware that inner soles and stitching may reduce the space inside the shoe. In addition, more space may be required to account for heavier socks if the child is to wear shoes or boots in the colder months. When trying on the shoes, have the child stand on both feet. It is important to leave at least half an inch from the longest toe to the tip of the shoe, as a child’s foot grows rapidly, especially in the early years. Measuring your child’s feet at regular intervals is deemed important to avoid foot deformities and other problems. For more information on proper shoe fitting, please consult a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Charles Marchese of Manalapan Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Manalapan, NJ, and Staten Island, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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