What Should Be Considered When Choosing Children's Orthopedic Shoes?

In many cases, foot deformations occur
when the child wears shoes that don’t suit him, i.e. they’re either too narrow or too wide, besides, sometimes it’s hard to choose the right size. What should be considered when choosing children’s orthopedic shoes? Find it out in this article!
The fastener should be adjustable in order to fix the shoe on the foot well. Even a one-year-old baby can take off and put on Velcro shoes, so choosing such models indeed makes sense.
Children's shoes should be lightweight, otherwise, the child will get tired soon.
Check the inside of the children’s shoes with your fingers in order to make sure that there are no stiff seams or cleats that can rub the child’s foot.
The material from which the shoes are made has to be stretchable, it should ensure free air access and moisture evaporation. These can be natural materials (genuine leather, nubuck, fur) or modern high-technology materials - HTM.
The sole should be flexible. This can be checked by bending the shoe. The sole should be non-slippery (a lug sole, for example).
The counter should be solid (without any cutouts) and stiff enough to hold the heel tightly and prevent it from slipping and twisting to the side. Pay attention that the counter has a rounded top and doesn’t cut into the bones located on the foot's sides.
A small heel is necessary for gait development. Its height should be no more than 5-7 mm.
Instep support
The instep support should be flexible so that it squeezes and straightens under the foot pressure. The instep support shouldn’t be too large, otherwise, this can lead to foot development disorders, and the child will twist his feet outwards.