Choosing summer shoes for your child

Picking out proper footwear for your kids may help to keep their feet healthy.

Choosing summer shoes keep feet healthyWhile bunions, hammer toe and other painful foot conditions appear most commonly in adults, it's not unusual for girls between the ages of 10 and 15 to develop such deformities. Additionally, kids in general require proper shoes to keep developing feet healthy.

An article in the Middletown Journal reports that parents should steer clear of purchasing non-supportive flip flops for their kids this summer, since they offer little cushioning or protection from trips and falls.

“I see many children with foot pain after a long summer of walking barefoot or wearing unsupported sandals as well as injured toes and feet from sandals and flip-flops that lack protection," said Tanya Remer Altmann, pediatrician, quoted by the news source.

Summer shoes for kids should be lightweight, washable, offer support and flexibility and have good traction, Altmann recommended.

Children's Hospital Boston reports that bunions can make wearing shoes painful for kids. So it's a good idea to choose footwear with a wide, deep toe box when choosing shoes for a child with bunions.

Additionally, they recommend non-invasive treatment for the bony deformity when it occurs in children. As a result, bunion splints or orthotics may be best when it comes to correcting a kid's bunion or hammer toe.

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