Do you have trouble fitting your child’s foot into shoes and find that the size suggested for their foot length hurts their feet? Chances are, your youngster may have wide feet.
If you suspect that may be the case, or you’ve already been told by your Houston podiatrist that your child has wide feet, don’t worry: finding appropriate shoes is possible!
While many brick and mortar shoe stores don’t carry wide sizes among their kids’ offerings, online purveyors like the Healthy Feet Store offer wide selections for boys and girls. Zappos also allows you to search by shoe size and width, and offers wide kids shoes in brands like New Balance, Stride Rite and Saucony.
Here’s what you shouldn’t do if your child has wide feet:
- Don’t bump him or her up to the next size of shoe. Doing so can lead to a whole slew of foot problems, including blisters, calluses, heel and arch pain and even hammertoes.
- Don’t assume that your child will always have wide feet. Continue to have his or her feet measured every six months since wide feet may narrow as your child grows up.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of socks. A wide-sized child’s shoe typically only offers an extra ½ inch or so of width. If your child is still experiencing discomfort in wide-sized shoes, consider switching their socks out for thinner pairs.
Well-fitted shoes are of utmost importance for children’s developing feet, and the number one rule to keep in mind when selecting footwear is that your kids’ feet should never hurt! If your child is experiencing any kind of foot pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today for a comprehensive foot exam. Foot pain is NOT a normal part of growing up!