Presented by Raines Foot Clinic
If your child or teenager plays sports, you may be aware of the various sports equipment or uniform needs. Whether it’s dance costumes and leotards or bats and gloves and protective helmets, there’s always a shopping basket full of items. One of the most important items on your shopping list should be the correct footwear for your child’s needs.
Consider the Activity
Cleats are used to help the player not only run quickly, but also stop quickly. This helps not only performance, but also helps to avoid injury. They grip the ground in a way that typical sports shoes do not. There are different cleats for baseball, soccer, and football. In some cases, cleats can be used in multiple sports, depending on the position played and other factors, however, it is important to discuss the options when purchasing cleats if you are planning on using them in more than one sport.
Basketball shoes help protect against injury by providing appropriate support. Basketball shoes, for instance, provide extra ankle support, because the movements from side to side that are typical in basketball put strain on the ankles.
Running shoes, especially for long distance runners, if at all possible, should be fitted to the individual runner. Depending on the physical needs of the individual, running shoes can vary greatly.
It is always ideal to be fitted at a store that specializes in athletic footwear. Most sales associates are specially trained to find a shoe that is appropriate for your child’s foot, his gait, and his sport. Look for a shoe that fits. Try not to worry about the number on the size. Shoe sizes, like clothes, can differ depending on the design. An athletic shoe should feel comfortable on the first try.
Watch for Signs of Wear
When the shoes start wearing out, it’s time for a new pair. Check the tread and midsole, the cushiony part just before the sole. If the shoe displays signs of uneven wear, it’s time to look for a new pair of shoes. Athletic shoes should be replaced yearly; running shoes should be replaced every 300–400 miles or so. Obviously, children grow. Keep that in mind and check your child’s athletic shoes often for signs that their shoes may be too small, even before the end of their season. Difficulty getting the shoes on and seeing the toe at the end of the shoe are both signs that it’s time for a new pair.
No pain, no gain? Not where your feet are concerned. The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles and tendons. The 52 bones in your feet make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body. With so much to take into consideration, if your child or teen complains of foot pain, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Call Raines Foot Clinic for an appointment or consultation with our Union City office at 731-885-0220 or our Dyersburg office at 731-286-2139.