Does your shoe fit? I have recently experienced an increased number of patients seeking treatment for injuries caused by ill fitting shoes. And most of them are children! Does the shoe fit the child right now? Or have they been purchased too big for extra growing room?
I am a parent too, and I completely understand the cost of keeping up with growing children. And I appreciate the constant need for purchase of the next sized shoe. I too have a teenager that I buy 2 pairs of school shoes and 3 pairs of running shoes per year. However, let me put some costs into perspective for you. The size of the shoe needed for school shoes is different to the size needed for football or dance or ballet pointe shoes. And then it’s different again for runners v’s spikes for running.
Ballet pointe shoes need to fit the child perfectly for optimal dance performance and to reduce the danger of injury. Extra fabric in the ballet shoe for “growing room” increases the risk of rolled ankles, tripping and causing injury to another child. Buying pointe shoes online without getting them professionally fitted may save you $30 initially, but it will cost pain, lost ballet performance and increased need for physical therapy later.
Imagine your child’s basketball boots with high ankles being a size too big to allow for them to grow into. Then imagine the frustration when your child trips on them over and over again resulting in a broken wrist. Was it worth saving those dollars initially to have days off school, months off sport and hundreds of dollars spent on therapy?
Your child’s ill fitting running spikes can result in increased risk of rolled ankles, tripping and extra cuts on the calves as they run. Proper fitting spikes will mean less chance of injury, improved running times and a more enjoyable experience for your child.
I am not trying to add doom and gloom to the family budget. I just want awareness to the fact that trying to save money on online purchases without proper fitting, or buying shoes that you hope will last an entire season may not be the best option for your child.
Be sure to ask the professionals. Visit your local dance shop, running shoe shop or sports shop and be fitted properly. The extra few dollars you might spend inside the shop will be well worth the savings later in the year. It’s best to avoid the pain when faced with injuries or poor performance.