Kid’s feet are formed up to 4-5 years of age, and the feet of a baby are subjected to high loads. The most common problem caused by improperly fit shoes is the flat feet.
So, make sure that your baby’s first shoes fit properly – her both gait, curves of her spine, and comfort when walking depend on that.
Baby’s bootees are also shoes!
It’s a mistake to believe that while a child can’t still walk, shoes are necessary only to keep the feet warm. Even when buying baby’s bootees consider not only their design, but their height as well – they should closely fit around both the ankles and ankle joints. Such baby’s bootees contribute to the correct physiological development of your little one’s feet and prepare them for real shoes. It’s recommended that your baby wears bootees on a daily basis until she learns to walk.
Criteria in choosing the right kids’ shoes
What you should consider when buying first walking shoes for your child:
– natural breathable fabric (leather or textiles);
– above the ankle shoes;
– shoes should reliably fix the ankles;
– a hard, not wrinkled backdrop without internal seams;
– closed vamp, round nose shoes;
– insoles with arch supports.
Why are orthopedic shoes necessary?
Many orthopedists believe that most newborns are born with healthy feet, and problems appear later. Orthopedic shoes for kids are designed to prevent possible deviations. Initially, the therapeutic shoes were called “orthopedic”. They were made according to the individual parameters of a baby’s feet. Modern preventive orthopedic footwear meets the strict requirements necessary for healthy development of a kid’s feet:
– exact correspondence to the size of the feet (it is not allowed to wear one size bigger or smaller);
– comfortable fixing of an ankle (a soft shoe tongue, reliable fasteners, adjustable in volume);
– free position of the toes (a wide round nose);
– soft upper back (prevents slipping and rubbing);
– widened support of a foot arch (prevents development of clubfoot);
– a leather insole with an arch support (prevents both sweating and flat feet);
– a light and stiff sole with a flexible front (protects from a foot sprain).
As you see, it’s very important to start taking care of your child’s feet when she is very young. Thus, you will prevent development of some problems with the feet when she grows up like Hallux Valgus, for example.