02 Jan Elementary Students Receive Shoes and are Fitted for the Holidays
Students in Alicia Reyes Elementary School in Merced, CA were fortunate to have the holidays come a bit early for them. One such lucky example is 10 year old Saul Lizarraga, who was one of 70 students who were fitted for and received new pairs of shoes from Merced nonprofit group Happy Feet Foundation.
“The purpose is to give children confidence so they feel good about themselves,” learning director Lil Ayala said, adding that it’s important to give children new shoes as opposed to used or donated footwear.
Ayala also stated that the staff took measurements of the children’s feet before visiting the store. Some of these children had footwear that was either worn out or too big, while others are forced to wear sandals through the winter because they are the only things their families can afford. Ayala said these new shoes can fill an important need. “For some, it’s a big deal,” she said.
Making sure your child’s feet are healthy is important during the growing stages. Seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM of Houston Foot and Ankle. Dr. Stran will examine your child’s feet and provide the right care and treatment for them.
Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
- Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
- Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet
- Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
- Be watchful of any pain or injury
- Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
- Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play