Kenton Lee, founder of the nonprofit Because International, and Proof of Concept, an Oregon-based shoe design studio, have developed a pair of sandals that can expand with the use of a strap. The result is a pair of shoes that costs as little as $12 a pair. Coming in two sizes, small and large, the shoes accordingly fit a child’s foot from kindergarten to fourth grade and then fifth grade to ninth grade. The genius lies in the rubber sole that wraps over the toe, which unfurls to expand the toe box and the child grows.
Growing children should wear proper fitting shoes to ensure that their development is not hindered by detrimental foot problems. For more information about proper shoe fitting and its benefits for children, consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha, DPM of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will help you determine the best fit for your children’s feet and provide you with the information to help answer all of your questions.
Proper Shoe Fitting
A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:
- Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
- Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
- Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
- Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.