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Sports and other physical activities are an excellent way for children of all ages to stay active and healthy. However, selecting the proper shoe for the sport goes above and beyond just heading to the “athletics” section of the shoe store.
Buying a shoe designed for the sport or activity your child will be participating in not only improves your child’s performance on the court or field, but also helps keep him/her free from serious foot and ankle injuries commonly treated by today’s podiatrist:
Many kids make basketball their first organized sport of choice, so it’s important to give them a shoe that helps them perfect their basketball handling skills and prevents injury.
A basketball shoe should:
Outdoor field sports such as baseball, softball, soccer, football and lacrosse constantly keep children’s feet moving. This type of footwear must fit adequately to prevent tripping and falling.
A shoe with cleats should:
Court shoes for tennis and racquetball may look like any other athletic sneaker, but it’s what’s on the inside
that makes the difference on a child’s feet.
A tennis shoe should:
Running shoes come in several different styles that support feet with different arch types.
A running shoe should:
Children have developing and growing feet, and a properly fitting ballet slipper is vital to keeping feet safe. Certain ballet positions can put excessive strain on the feet, so check with your podiatrist if your child complains of foot pain related to dancing.
A ballet slipper should: