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Posts for: December, 2016

Pediatric Foot Care Winter Shoe Tips Dr. Sheldon Fleishman

Winter weather has arrived and many kids are just awaiting the first snowfall to make their own little Olaf snowman in time for the holidays. Spending hours outside playing in the snow and making snow angels are regular rites of passage for many children. But before heading out into the wintery weather it’s important to select the right boots and shoes as well as other winter apparel like coats, hats and gloves.

During the winter your ankles and feet can be more susceptible to strain, pain and injuries due to certain weather conditions, which is why wearing shoes that provide adequate ankle and foot protection is important, especially for children. When shopping for winter shoes, parents should consider several factors, such as how active the child will be, how much wear and tear to expect, comfort, traction on wet and icy surfaces, insulation, water resistance, and heel and arch support.

Kansas City podiatrist Dr. Sheldon Fleishman recommends a few simple guidelines when shopping for winter boots and shoes for your child.

1. Insulation and Weather Resistance.

Keeping the feet warm and dry is the number one priority for all winter footwear. Select materials that will stand up to trudging through snow, ice, rain, and sleet.

2. Heel and Ankle Support

Some children, specifically those with low arches (also known as flat feet) require more support to keep the feet and ankles in proper alignment and to prevent strain and injuries on the joints and tendons. Many sports and apparel outlets offer a complimentary gait analysis to help determine the appropriate level of support necessary for each customer. A podiatrist can determine whether your child requires additional support through orthotics (special shoe inserts).

4. Comfort

Winter boots and shoes should be sturdy and supportive, but they should also fit well and be comfortable enough to prevent foot pain and irritations like blisters and corns.

5. Size

Developing children can go through more than one shoe size in a season. Consider buying shoes that fit comfortably but allow enough room should your child’s feet grow before winter ends.

Buying the right shoes can make all the difference between a healthy, fun and active winter spent making memories and enjoying the season, or potentially getting sidelined by a slip-and-fall injury or frostbite.

Find a Podiatrist in Kansas City, MO

Investing in supportive footwear can help to keep your children’s feet and ankles protected during the winter and throughout the year. For more information on the best winter shoes for children, contact the office of Dr. Sheldon Fleishman by calling 913-381-5515 (Overland Park) or 816-228-9393 (Blue Springs) to schedule a consultation today.