How often should you measure your kid’s feet?

As parents, it can be difficult to keep up with the ever-changing needs of our children. One important aspect of their growth and development is their feet. As children grow, their feet grow too, and it’s crucial to measure their feet regularly to ensure they have properly fitting shoes. So, how often should you measure your kid’s feet?

First and foremost, it’s important to understand why measuring your child’s feet is so important. Children’s feet are still developing, which means their bones, ligaments, and muscles are constantly growing and changing. Wearing ill-fitting shoes can not only cause discomfort and pain but can also lead to more serious foot problems down the line. Shoes that are too tight or too loose can cause blisters, calluses, ingrown toenails, and even deformities like bunions.

So, how often should you measure your child’s feet? Dr. LaCava recommends measuring your child’s feet every three to four months up until they are three years old, and then every six months thereafter. This is because children’s feet grow rapidly in the first few years of life, and then continue to grow steadily until they reach adulthood.

It’s important to measure both feet, as they can be slightly different in size. Always measure your child’s feet while they are standing up, as this is when their feet are bearing weight and will be at their largest.

When shopping for shoes, make sure to measure your child’s feet at the store, as shoe sizes can vary between brands. It’s also a good idea to have your child try on shoes with socks that they would normally wear, to ensure a proper fit.

In conclusion, measuring your child’s feet regularly is an important part of ensuring their foot health and comfort. By measuring their feet every three to six months, you can catch any changes in their foot size and make sure they are wearing properly fitting shoes. Happy measuring!

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