Buying proper athletic shoes for your sports minded child is one of the most important things you can do to prevent them from getting foot and ankle injuries on the field. With almost seven percent of all youth athletes ending up in a hospital emergency room each year, it’s an easy way to ensure your child has a successful and safe season.
Buy New Shoes
It’s important to start out the season with a brand new pair of shoes. Old shoes will not provide the support your child needs to avoid injury and be his or her best on the field. Not only does the sole outside of the shoe break down, but the material that provides shock absorption inside the shoe breaks down as well.
Get Your Young Athlete’s Foot Measured
Kids feet grow fast. A new shoe that doesn’t fit well can cause all kinds of foot problems including ingrown toenails if the shoe is too tight. Be sure that the shoe is at least one thumb’s length between the top of the big toe and the end of the shoe. Always choose the larger size if one foot is larger than the other.
The Right Shoe for the Right Sport
Choosing the right shoe for the right sport is essential. Athletic shoes are designed specifically for the sport they are intended, providing just the right stability and flexibility.
Check Shoe Stability
Don’t just go by the name brand of a shoe when you purchase it. Even great name brands provide a range of support and may not meet the requirements your child needs. Test the shoe by holding it by the heel and toe. Attempt to bend it in half. It should only bend at the ball of the foot, not in the middle. Then try and twist the shoe. It should not easily twist from side to side.
At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City you’ll find podiatrists and staff that are experts in shoes and also in providing care to young athletes. To contact us for an appointment call 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.