Dr Anthony Weinert, a Michigan foot specialist and recognized authority as well as leading expert on foot health and wellness practicing in both Warren and Troy, Michigan talks about tips for measuring your child’s feet for boots and shoes:
In the not too distant past going to the shoe store or department store once or twice a year was part of the routine for getting shoes and boots at the beginning of each season and school year. At this semi-annual outing the children’s feet were carefully measured by the staff at the store using one of those old styles of foot forms with an array of sliding levers to determine the length and width of the foot.
Today, more and more parents buy shoes and outdoor footwear for themselves and their kids online. This means that parents have to measure the child’s feet on their own to know just what size to order. Often parents simply may an educated guess based on the current size that the child is wearing, which may actually lead to foot problems for the child in the future if shoes and boots are the wrong size.
The Measuring Process
Measuring a child’s feet is relatively simple, especially if the child is old enough to help you out. Start by drawing a line down the center of a standard piece of paper. You can simply fold the paper and then draw the line down the fold, it doesn’t have to be exactly in the middle but it has to be straight.
Place one side of the paper where the line ends on a flat floor surface, not carpet, and have the child stand with his or her heel against the wall with the foot on the line. Have the child move his or her foot until the longest toe is centered on the line on the paper. For most children this will be the big toe, but some children may have the second toe as the longest.
Mark the end of the longest toe on the line as well as the sides of the feet at the widest point. Make sure that the child is standing balanced and is placing equal weight on both feet. Repeat the process with the other foot and then simply measure between the points you have marked. Use the measurements that are biggest for correct sizing.
It is important to measure a child’s feet after they have been up and about for a few hours. Ideally measure the feet in the early evening as this is when the feet are at their maximum size, which can vary by as much as a half to a full size for some children and adults.
Some Extra Tips
When trying on shoes and boots always have the kids wear the typical types of socks that they wear and ensure that they are not curling their toes. Have them walk around and then look carefully at the feet for signs of rubbing, redness or irritation.
Test the area in front of the toes and ensure at least a thumb’s width of room in the shoes to allow for movement of the toes and some growth. The top of the shoes, the width, should also feel slightly loose and not tight or constricting. The heel of the shoe should not press on the Achilles and your pinkie finger should be able to slide down at least to the top of the heel.
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