What shoes do you recommend for infants and toddlers?
Children who are not yet walking do not need to wear shoes. Little feet grow fast so we want them to be as free to move as possible. A light sock is good for infants <1 year of age.
For toddlers, a shoe with a strong sole and a flexible, wide toe box is essential. We like the following brands:
How often should my child have his foot measured?
At least 4 times per year! Measuring your child’s feet seasonally will ensure an accurate, proper fit when choosing new shoes.
Can I use hand me down shoes?
For those ‘dress up’ occasions, absolutely. For every day play, NO WAY! Kids are rough on clothes and shoes! It’s important to replace frequently to limit the possibility of foot problems down the road.
My child has a flatfoot. What can I do?
It depends on two factors – age and pain. Children will naturally look like they have a flatfoot when they are between the ages of 1 ½ and 4. It’s important to have an annual biomechanical foot exam to look for problems before they cause pain.
Foot pain is NEVER normal. If your child is complaining of foot pain, please call our office immediately to schedule an appointment!
Does my child need inserts for his shoes?
Sometimes yes! After evaluating your child’s gait, we can make recommendations based off of their complaint or foot type in order to help support and change any functional defects that are noticed. We use the following orthotics and medical grade inserts in our practice:
What is an “orthotic outgrowth policy”?
We pride ourselves at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates at providing the most comprehensive care possible to all our patients – so we developed the Pediatric Orthotic Outgrowth Policy to allow children the opportunity to receive and enjoy custom orthotics and minimize the long term cost to parents.