Thursday, May 5, 2011

Proper Footwear for your Active Child

Improper footwear can lead to foot and ankle injuries for your active children.  The Beaver Valley Foot Clinic recognizes the importance of proper footwear, and has some tips on how to make sure your young athlete stays healthy.

Because a child's feet are constantly growing, it is important to allow at least one finger's width from the end of the longest toe when buying shoes. Remember, proper fit is very important. You can have the best shoe in the world, but if it doesn't fit right, it doesn't do its job.

In the shoe store, children should put on both shoes, with their athletic socks and the laces tied tight, for several minutes to properly check the shoes' fit. Shop for shoes in the afternoon, when the feet are naturally slightly swollen.

In young children, an "all purpose" sports shoe works well for most sports. A running-specific shoe is not suitable as an all purpose shoe; moving laterally in a running shoe is more difficult and presents greater risk of injury for children. After the age of 10, sport-specific shoes can help improve performance and protect the feet. 

Stay tuned for more tips on footwear for your active child from BVFC.

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