Most parents don't realize the importance of proper fitting shoes on their children. Ill-fitting shoes can cause health problems down the line like, knee and back pain. Four in five children could be wearing ill-fitting shoes that may cause them long-term damage, say experts. Starting when they are infants, a proper foot measure is necessary for comfort. After all, they can't tell us when their feet are sore or scrunched.
Start-rite Shoes provides help in getting your child in the right size shoe. Start-rite is a company that makes comfortable children's shoes with the service of fitting shoes properly for your child. They have 400 locations around the world and a helpful website that showcases their shoes and gives helpful advice about fitting shoes, crawling, walking and care for your little one's feet. For example, did you know that you should cut toenails straight across instead of curving them? This could cause ingrown toenails. Also, you need to make sure that you get socks that fit, because if they're too tight, they can cramp the foot and cause deformity! The opposite can cause blisters.
I DID NOT KNOW THIS!
If you are unable to go to one of their retail locations, the website has a shoe sizing chart that is printable, so you can measure your child's foot size to order the proper shoe for them. You can also order your own fitting gauge to have on hand so you will know their foot size before you even leave your home!
Here is a video to demonstrate how to measure their foot.
So, the next time your child out grows their shoes, make sure you take the proper "measures"
(get it?) before you buy their next pair.