Growing Child, Growing Feet, What are Proper Shoes for my Child?

Growing Child, Growing Feet, What are Proper Shoes for my Child?

March 19, 2020

Children slowly transition into wearing shoes as they learn to walk and during these early stages of development shoes are mainly used for protection and tend to be soft and flexible. By the time children reach school-age, they are often wearing shoes for most of their day, switching between an indoor pair and an outdoor pair. To help parents find a proper fit for their child, I recommend following these tips on style, size, and hand-me downs.

STYLE

In most cases school-age children spend most of their time wearing indoor shoes but will be very active in their outdoor shoes. It is important to choose shoes that are easily adjustable, fit snug at the heel, and are properly fit for length. Slip-on shoes may be ideal due to ease of putting them on however they could require the toes to grip harder to keep the shoe on. Lace-up or Velcro style shoes allow for an adjustable fit across the top of the foot and will securely hold the heel in the back of the shoe.

SIZE

There is no guarantee that buying 1 size bigger will be the proper fit, therefore it is always best to take your child with you when buying them shoes. If the shoes are too small, it does not allow for normal foot movement while walking, and if the shoes are too big then the foot is not in the flex point of the shoe. A proper fit is obtained when there is approximately 1 thumb width or 10-12mm between the end of the longest toe and the end of the shoe with a measurement done while standing. Although it may be tempting to buy shoes that are longer than necessary to allow for growth, it is best not to buy shoes more than 1 size larger than your child’s measured size.

HAND ME DOWNS

It is quite common for parents to give younger children an old pair of shoes from their older sibling, however this can be problematic. The wear pattern in a pair of shoes is like the sole of the shoe having a memory and it is possible the younger child may not match it. This could be detrimental to them.

It is generally best practice to take your child with you when buying them shoes, look for shoes that have an adjustable fit, and check that there is at least 1 thumb width (10-12mm) between the end of their longest toe and the end of the shoe. At Orthoquest we currently do not carry children’s sized shoes, however we would be happy to check the fit of your child’s shoes, make recommendations, or answer any questions you may have.

Written by: Stephanie Couch BHK, C. Ped (C)

 

Questions? Book in to see a Canadian Certified Pedorthist today!

 

REFERENCES

L.W. Barnes 2011, Lower Extremity Review, Accessed 25 August 2019<https://lermagazine.com/cover_story/thinking-small-making-strides-in-childrens-footwear>

Frontiers. "Footwear habits influence child and adolescent motor skill development: Researchers show that regular physical activity without shoes may improve children's and adolescents' balancing and jumping skills." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 July 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180711093150.htm>

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[OLD] Sizing Charts

FOOTWEAR:

European Sizing chart conversion:

*Please note that these conversion charts serve as a general guideline, actual fitting may vary by style.

Women’s

US

4.5-5

5.5-6

6.5-7

7.5-8

8.5-9

9.5-10

10.5-11

11.5-12

12.5-13

EU

35

36

37

38

39

40

41

42

43

 

Men’s

US

7.5-8

8.5-9

9.5-10

10.5-11

11.5-12

12.5-13

13.5-14

14.5-15

EU

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

48

 

SOCKS :

Sockwell

Brooks

Sock Size

US Men's Shoe Size

US Women's Shoe Size

Euro Shoe Size

Small

 

4 - 6.5

34 - 37

Medium

6 - 8.5

7 - 9.5

38 - 41

Large

9 - 11.5

10 - 12.5

42 - 45

XL

12 - 14.5

 

46 - 49


ANKLE BRACES:

 

Bauerfeind

 

Professional Orthopedic Products (POP)

  

DJO - Roboboots – Short and Tall

SHOE SIZE MEN

SHOE SIZE WOMEN

SIZE

Up to 4

Up to 5

XS

4 - 7

5 - 8

S

7 - 10

8 - 11

M

10 - 13

11 - 15

L

13+

15+

XL

 

 

 

DJO- Aircast Airsport

DESCRIPTION

MEN

WOMEN

SIZE

Left

Up to 5

Up to 5

X-Small

Right

Up to 5

Up to 5

X-Small

Left

5.5 - 7

5.5 - 8.5

Small

Right

5.5 - 7

5.5 - 8.5

Small

Left

7.5 - 11

9 - 12.5

Medium

Right

7.5 - 11

9 - 12.5

Medium

Left

11.5 - 13

13 - 14.5

Large

Right

11.5 - 13

13 - 14.5

Large

Left

13.5 +

15 +

X-Large

Right

13.5 +

15 +

X-Large

  

KNEE BRACES:

 

Bauerfeind

 

 

 

Ossur

Size

Circumference*

*Circumference measured 6” above mid-patella

XSmall

11.5" (29cm) to 13.75" (35cm)

Small

13.75" (35cm) to 16" (41cm)

Medium

16" (41cm) to 18" (46cm)

Large

18" (46cm) to 20.5" (52cm)

XLarge

20.5" (52cm) to 22.5" (57cm)

XXLarge

22.5" (57cm) to 24.75" (63cm)

XXXLarge

24.75" (63cm) to 28.5" (72cm)

XXXXLarge

28.5" (72cm) to 32" (81cm)

 

DJO

*Measurements taken 6” above mid-patella

SIZE

MEASUREMENT

XS/S

13" - 18.5" (33 - 47 cm)

M/L

18.5" - 23.5" (47 - 60 cm)

XL/XXL

23.5" - 29.5" (60 - 75 cm)

XXXL

29.5" - 31" (75 - 79 cm)


 

ELBOW BRACES:

Bauerfeind

 

 

HAND BRACES:

 

Professional Orthopedic Products (POP)

 

Size

Wrist Circ.

X-Small

4 ¾" - 5 ½"

Small

5 ½" - 6 ¼"

Medium

6 ¼" - 7"

Large

7" - 7 ¾"

X-Large

7 ¾" - 8 ½"


 

Orliman (thumb brace)

 

Size

Wrist

Circumference

in CM   (A)

 

Length

in CM   (B)

Small

14 - 18

11

Large

18 - 22

13