Sometimes parents don’t understand the significance of children’s orthopedic shoes, thus, they believe that regular shoes will suit every child. However, this is not so! What are the important differences between orthopedic shoes and regular shoes? Find it out in this article!
The correct development of the children’s feet is the key to the healthy development of the whole child’s body. It is important to choose shoes with ankle support and a secure fit. Not all footwear presented on the market suit every child. In order to understand how to distinguish children's orthopedic shoes from regular ones, you need to know their peculiarities.
Orthopedic footwear for children is a product with a special design to correct significant deviations from the norm in foot development. Such shoes can only be prescribed by an orthopedic surgeon, based on the results of the medical examination. Such footwear can be bought only in specialized stores, it is possible to customize it according to the child’s measurements.
At first sight, it’s impossible to distinguish between regular footwear and orthopedic shoes. Shoe models for prevention and treatment look as nice as regular shoes, boots, sandals. The main difference between children's orthopedic shoes from regular ones is the presence of additional elements for supporting and fixing the child’s feet.
- two or more fasteners for secure fixation of the ankle;
- the insole of an anatomical shape, equipped with instep support for the correct formation of the foot and shock absorption during movement;
- hard high back, side inserts;
- wide sole, moderately elastic;
- Thomas's heel, which looks like an extension of the sole from the inside, supports the foot and reduces shock loading;
- the maximum heel height doesn’t exceed 1.5 cm.