As a Seattle podiatrist, I'm like most of you. I love the fact that I can be active all year round due to the mild weather in the Pacific Northwest. As a father and grandfather I've always been vigilant about the types of shoes my kids wear, particularly when they're playing sports. Although my kids are grown now I still recall being concerned about foot and ankles injuries when they were playing.
I'm not alone. A 2014 ESPN poll showed that 88% of parents have concerns about their children's risk of injury while playing sports.
One area that I always hype on is the importance of purchasing the right shoe for the particular activity your kid engages in. Ensuring your kid has the right shoe goes a long way in preventing the most common type of youth sports injury, ankle sprains and breaks.
Whether your kid is involved in running, soccer, or baseball athletic shoe companies design shoes to be supportive and minimize injuries for each individual sport. This can be a big relief to you as a parent because much of the guesswork of which shoe to buy is removed. For example, basketball shoes provide more ankle support because of side to side and twisting movements that are a signature of that sport. Baseball players on the other hand need plenty of arch support; sometimes additional support with orthotics may be needed, depending on your kid's foot type.
Some Additional Shoe Shopping Tips:
Avoid hand me down shoes and shoes with significant wear to reduce sports injuries in your child.
Get your child's feet measured every time you buy a new pair of shoes to avoid cramping their toes.
Replace shoes after every 500 miles. Normally this takes about a year, however, if your child is particularly active they may require replacement more often.
If your child does sustain an injury, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online. Keep in mind--just because they can walk, doesn't mean they don't have a fracture.
For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".
In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly. You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easier reading!
Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.