When your kids start engaging in sporting activities it is important to take actions towards Protecting Your Baby’s Feet. Choosing the right sports shoes for their sporting activities and endeavors is very important as their feet are still growing and the wrong kind of shoes could hinder or derail this growth and development. When you want to buy sports shoes for your kids, follow some of these tips below to help you make the right and best choices.
Analyze your Kids Running Style
Even if your kid is not engaging in running or track specifically, many sporting activities require running or moving quickly from one position to another. It is very important to understand the running style of your child before you proceed to buy athletic shoes. Analyze his or her running style carefully and decide which type of athletic shoes would suit your child the best.
Take Note of the Quality of the Shoes
The first and foremost tip in choosing athletic shoes for children is judging the shoe quality and material. You should always choose shoes that are made of high-quality material. Some of the finest materials for athletic shoes include canvas, suede, and leather. These are highly durable and comfortable, and the most recommended materials for manufacturing athletic shoes. A good quality will also last longer as it can withstand wear and tear better. Shoes that are made of synthetic material are not recommended because they restrict the foot’s movement and do not give them the space to breathe and relax. Such shoes often cause foot odor and foot problems.
Make sure you buy the right shoe size:
The next important step in choosing athletic shoes for your children is determining an appropriate shoe size. Many parents make the mistake of buying a bigger shoe with the hopes that their child’s feet will grow into it. Doing this is being penny wise pound foolish as it will do more harm than good. When buying athletic shoes, must be aware of the size of your child’s feet and make sure that the shoe size matches the needs of your child. You should ensure that the shoes must have enough breathing space for your child’s feet.
Typically, the shoes should be comfortable enough for the feet to adjust and wiggle inside. Research suggests that there should be at least a 1cm gap between the longest toe of the feet and the shoe’s end. A gap less than 1cm would not allow the feet to rest and relax properly and would expose them to foot injuries and diseases.
Make Sure they are Comfortable
You must also confirm the comfort level of the heel inside the shoe. The heel should rest inside the shoe comfortably and it should not be pressed violently by the shoe’s interiors. And before you say “running shoes or sports shoes don’t have heels” yes they do, but they are made differently and are internal. When deciding a running shoe for your child, make sure that the shoes have a cushioned padding to support the heel. The heel should have some breathing space inside the shoes but they should not move too much. Excess movement of heels inside the shoes can cause damage and expose the feet to injuries. The ball of the foot should fit well inside the shoe’s widest part. Do not buy shoes that fail this parameter.
Quite often, parents are confused with the differing foot sizes of their children. Do not worry as this is a common concern for children’s foot sizes to differ from one another. However, if one foot is slightly bigger than the other is, you should try a bigger size shoe for it. It does not matter if the foot sizes are even marginally different. The only thing you should worry about is the comfort zone of your child’s feet inside the shoes. If the shoes are not comfortable, it will not matter which kind you choose.
Know your Child’s Feet Shape
Humans have different shapes of feet. The best way to determine your child’s foot shape is by measuring the feet and tracing it using footprints The footprints will enable you to understand the foot shape better and you can then proceed to buy the best pair of athletic shoes for children. Depending on the shape of your child’s feet, he or she may require orthotics and this depends on a few more factors, like foot arches and age of the child. Although custom-made orthotics are gaining massive popularity worldwide, all doctors do not recommend it for younger children. However, you should consider talking to an orthotics specialist if your child has high or low arched feet. Let’s have a look at what low arched feet and high arched feet mean. This is also called ‘flat feet’, low arched feet do not have enough gaps between the arch of the foot and the surface while standing or walking. Special care is advised for this foot type, as it is very flexible and requires customized footwear to control and assist its locomotion.
Customized orthotics shoes are generally recommended for assisting flat feet. The shoes should have a durable padding in the mid-sole and it should have a steady heel to support the foot’s motion and improve its flexibility while standing, walking and running. On the other hand, high arched feet types have an enormous gap between the foot’s arch and the walking surface. This is a more difficult type to deal with as compared to low arched feet. However, specialized, custom-made orthotics footwear is easily available for helping children with high arched feet.
Orthotics footwear for high arched feet should be able to provide constant support to the arches of the feet and absorb all the shock that they encounter while running. According to orthotics specialists, there are more reasons for children to use orthotics footwear than higher and lower arched feet. Issues like over-pronation, shin splints, arch strains and sprains also contribute to bigger foot-related problems than can stifle locomotion of the feet in the long run. You should carefully assess your child’s foot shape to determine his or her biomechanical functions. Studying feet movements of your child is very crucial for understanding foot biomechanics.
The biomechanical functions come into action upon feet movement, while running, jogging, walking or playing a sport. You can get a clearer picture of biomechanical functions by analyzing your child’s motion during physical activities. You should be aware of the different type of feet movement, like high arched feet and low arched feet, pronation, supination and over-pronation.