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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
July 25, 2017
Tags: Bunions   heel spurs   baby feet  

Just like adults, babies need to wear shoes to protect their feet from the elements, debris, and other hazards. Shoes also help when your little one is learning how to walk. Not just any adorable shoe is right for your baby’s feet though. It is important to get the right size and fit when picking out baby shoes because their feet are growing and forming. If the wrong shoes are used, their feet can be damaged for life.

Cute shoes look fun but can cause more harm than good. If shoes are restrictive they don’t allow for normal foot and toe motion. This can cause deformities and make it harder for your child to learn to walk. Heel spurs, bunions, and other structural problems can also occur if the wrong shoes are worn.

Choose a nonrestrictive pair of shoes and socks. Make sure that elastics aren’t too tight on the socks so that they do not cut off circulation. Crib shoes are a great option for babies and their growing feet. Not only are they soft but they also have a flexible bottom. Many crib shoes are made out of leather which is a breathable material. Save the cute sturdy dress shoes for quick photo shoots.

When kids are learning to walk, shoes are only needed to prevent splinters, slipping and the ground outside. Use non-slip socks or booties when at home. Many children learn to walk faster when they have bare feet. Bare feet are not restrictive and there is comfort when the child can feel the floor they are stepping on. It also helps to strengthen the appropriate muscles in their toes.

When choosing a set of shoes for your walking child, get lightweight and flexible shoes that bend easily. Make sure the shoe is straight all the way through. Shoes that flare inward or outward can cause improper gait, foot deformities, and other lasting problems.

Children’s feet grow very quickly! Be sure to check the fit of their shoe and the size of their feet constantly. It is helpful to buy a size up in advance to prevent overcrowding of the foot in shoes that are too small.

Still having a hard time choosing the right shoe for your child? Do not fret. Call Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan. You can make an appointment by phone at 313-274-0990 or request an appointment online. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will gladly educate you on the proper fit of children’s shoes.

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