Your child’s growing feet
Previously we discussed shoes for babies and toddlers. Today we will cover tips for growing feet once the toddler years have passed. With so many styles of shoes available and with feet that grow fast, it can be hard to know just what is appropriate for your child’s footwear. Between 75 and 80 percent of all adults have foot problems, and many of these problems are related to improperly fitting shoes.
After your child begins wearing shoes, be sure to have his or her feet measured regularly. Children’s feet grow fast, and it can be appropriate to measure their feet as frequently as every six to eight weeks, especially in the first few years of life. More and more frequently, foot disorders previously seen in adults are beginning to show up in children, primarily due to poorly fitting shoes.
Little feet – healthy feet from the start
An eighth of the body’s bones are in the feet, and the feet of babies and toddlers are still growing and changing. Poorly fitting shoes or having your child wear shoes too early may cause deformities affecting your child’s ability to walk and take part in activities as they grow. As a result, special considerations must be taken in choosing shoes for young children.
Pronation and supination
Pro- and supi- what? Runners and other athletes often know if they are pronators or supinators, but what about the rest of us? These terms may sound fancy, but they simply describe the motion of your foot as you take a step. At their most basic, supination is the motion of the foot rolling outward with each step while pronation is a rolling inward. Most of us supinate or pronate to some degree with few problems. However, over-pronation or over-supination often lead to pain and injuries. The most common of these problems are knee pain, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, IT band pain, or heel pain.
Common running injuries
Your feet take a pounding every time you go for a run regardless of whether you are a well seasoned athlete, completing multiple marathons each year or a beginning runner about to attempt your first 5k or a casual jogger with no particular running goals. Running transfers all of your body weight plus additional force and pressure to the feet making them particularly susceptible to injuries. Even if you wear the right shoes, follow a healthy stretching routine, and pay attention to all of the particulars of a strong running routine, you are likely to face an injury at some point in your running lifetime.