Around 70% of foot problems come from wearing the wrong footwear or ill-fitting shoes.

Healthy foot development during a child’s early years is essential. Proper foot care can prevent foot problems down the road and help to ensure a lifetime of healthy feet.

The Facts:

  • Critical development years happen from infancy and into the toddler years.
  • The bones in a baby’s foot are made of cartilage, the same flexible substance you find in your ears and nose.
  • A child’s feet develop until he or she is about 18 years old.
  • A child’s feet grow in spurts and often require new shoes every 3 to 4 months.
  • A shoe that is too rigid or too tight can change the shape of your child’s foot.

When your child first begins to walk, providing proper foot protection while enabling maximum movement is important for his or her foot development. pediped® is a children’s footwear line that cares about the health and well being of your child’s growing feet.

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Allowing your youngster to go barefoot or wear soft sole shoes while inside helps the feet to grow normally and to develop musculature, strength, and the grasping action of the toes. When walking outside or on rough surfaces, an infant’s feet should always be protected in lightweight, flexible footwear made of natural materials.

The ideal shoe for infants is soft and flexible, with breathable leather uppers and a fully adjustable fastening for a snug fit. Shoes should have a fairly smooth bottom, causing enough friction to keep them from slipping but not so much that the shoe will stick to the floor and possibly cause your child to trip. Shoes that are too sticky tend to change children’s stride or gait, as they have to lift their feet to move about.

When choosing the right shoes for toddlers and older, select shoes with a rounded toe box that give plenty of room for toes to move. Look for shoes made of a breathable material, like leather or canvas. Avoid man-made materials, such as plastic, because they can cause odor or even bacteria growth. Soft leather or rubber soles are recommended because they allow a child’s gait and stride to develop naturally.

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New shoes should never need to be “broken in.” It means either they were not properly designed or not properly fitted for your child’s foot. It is not recommended for children to wear hand-me-down shoes. Most shoes form to the foot, so wearing hand-me-downs that have already been “formed” can affect the shape of your child’s foot.

Last but not least, it is crucial that you are purchasing the correct size shoe. As this may sound like common sense, it is important to understand there is more than meets the eye when sizing children’s feet. The best thing to do is to have their feet professionally sized at a shoe store that fits children. They will be able to not only measure the length of your child’s foot, but also the width. For a narrow or wide foot, a half size up or down may be recommended.

How does pediped® meet all criteria for healthy foot development?

pediped Originals® are designed for infants and toddlers as the “next best thing to bare feet”. Their soft soles, made with the highest quality leather, provide protection and flexibility, while the hand stitching allows ample ventilation. The roomy toe box provides a safe environment with plenty of wiggle room for tiny toes while allowing for foot growth and muscle development.

pediped Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex® incorporate all the benefits of Originals® into a flexible, soft rubber sole. Using high-quality materials and the latest in children’s footwear technology, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex® provide maximum flexibility and comfort. pediped® recommends Grip ‘n’ Go™ for active toddlers and Flex® for walkers with a confident stride.

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Whether your child is crawling, learning to walk, or running all around, pediped® has a stylish shoe that fits comfortably and ensures healthy foot development. Each of their three signature lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ GoT and FLEX® are specially designed to meet the needs of a particular walking stage and have been officially recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) as being beneficial for children’s growing feet.