With so many cute styles, low prices and self-service retailers, it's tough to remember all the reasons to buy quality children's shoes, have your children's feet accurately measured, and to fit their shoes properly.
Starting with some facts from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), here are six reasons to buy quality children's shoes.
1. The younger the foot, the faster it grows.
2. Bones in a children's feet are soft and malleable, and can be easily deformed by ill-fitting shoes.
3. The foot is the foundation for the entire body
4. Kid's feet must handle high-impact activity.
Due to jumping, running, falling and an overall high level of activity, children's shoes must be durable and flexible. Higher quality shoes will have proper flexibility, cushioning, outsoles and other components that can handle the work out.
5. Kids should wear breathable footwear that allows moisture and heat to escape.
The average American logs 75,000 miles on their feet by the age of fifty. APMA
"Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out." Novelist Iris Murdoch
"If there was a payment to the bank due, and we needed shoes, she'd get the shoes, and then deal with them guys at the bank. I don't mean she wouldn't pay the bank, but the children always came first."
Wacky and Weird Fruits
The Chinese have perfected a technique for growing fruits inside molds to create fun shapes. The molds are secured around the fruit while it's still small. Then, as the fruit grows, the mold warps the fruit into wacky shapes. Poor fitting shoes have the same effect on developing feet. I would love these molds for my garden! Buy your fruit molds here. Invest in your child's foot health. Buy a Brannock™ device.
6. Outdoor barefoot walking exposes children's to a variety of dangers.
- While indoor infancy walking is fine, doctors recommend wearing shoes outside.
- Barefoot walking exposes children to dirt, bacteria, cuts, splinters, sprains, fractures, infections, and warts. Many of these medical issues require extensive treatment and can keep children from school or other activities.
Children depend on adults to make healthy footwear choices for them. These purchases can be a stretch for some. But I urge you to find a way. Somewhere between prioritizing, economizing, shopping smart and saving, I believe most of us can find a way to purchase quality shoes, fitted properly for the shoes that are worn most. There will be a time and place to buy that cheap pair of adorable, must-haves for your little one. But now is not the time.
Source: APMA Online, "What you should know. Children's Foot Health,: http://www.apma.org/Store/ProductDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=750 (accessed 23 Sep. 2014).
Look carefully at your child's feet. If you notice anything that doesn't look normal, contact your pediatrician or a podiatrist. Once your child starts walking, also watch his or her gait. This APMA Guide describes some walking irregularities to be aware of, such as toe-walking or in-toeing. Again, if you suspect any problem, contact a doctor or podiatrist to see if any treatment plan is needed. If you have insurance most websites allow you to search doctors by specialty -- so search for a PODIATRIST with a PEDIATRIC SPECIALTY. You can also go to the APMA website.
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