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What to Look For in Children's Shoes

By Sara Butler

Kids always seem to want shoes to match the latest trend, but as a parent, you need to look for more than what's simply in style. After all, you concern yourself with your child's health through how active they are, what they eat, and who they hang out with -- why not what they're putting on their feet? Make no mistake about it, the right shoes contribute to your child's overall health and wellness, so it should not be overlooked. Here's what you should look for when shopping for shoes for your child.

The Heel

Take a look at your child's shoes and see if the heel is stiff. When you pinch the heel together it shouldn't collapse. If you have a good pair of shoes, then the heel will be a breathable, comfortable, but supportive feature.

The Toe Box

How flexible are the toes of the shoes? This is a part of the shoe you don't want to be stiff because it needs to allow flexibility to bend with the foot as your child walks. The toe box should also be round and a bit roomy to help prevent blisters, bunions, and hammer toe from developing. Remember, shoes should provide balanced but easy mobility for your child.

The Middle

Grab the shoe at either end and twist as if you're trying to wring out a towel. Does the shoe twist? If so, they're no good. Shoes need to be stiff in the middle to ensure they're providing enough support to the arch of the foot for your child. If it twists or the soles of the shoes are flat, then it's not a good pair of shoes to support a healthy body and healthy motion.

The Materials

A shoe should be made from materials that allow your child's foot to breathe. A material that's porous will allow moisture and air to pass through, helping to prevent odor and help maintain the perfect temperature for the foot. Plus, breathable material allows for adaptation between the seasons. The feet won't get too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter.

These rules are a great guide to help you choose the right shoes for your child and yourself, but if you still feel as if you need a little guidance, don't forget that the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are a great resource!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.

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