- Never put your daughter in shoes that are too big or too small for her... and always make sure that all footwear (including trainers) are properly fitted.
- Don't ever be tempted to hand shoes down from one child to another. Two pairs of feet are never the same shape.
- Cut toenails straight across and not too short. Don't curve them as this can encourage ingrowing toenails.
- Get socks that fit. If socks are too tight they will cramp the foot and can even deform it in very young children. If socks are too large they will bunch up and cause blisters.
- Choose shoes with natural linings such as leather. Choose socks with a high natural fibre content to allow feet to breathe.
- Clean shoes regularly to keep them looking smart and apply a good quality polish to keep the leather soft and supple.
- Don't dry wet shoes with direct heat. Let them dry out naturally in a warm and airy place. It often helps to pad them out with newspaper for a short while to absorb moisture and to help keep their shape.
- Try to get shoes that are designed for the purpose your daughter will use them, otherwise they may not offer the support or the wear you were expecting.
- Getting little girls to use laces and buckles can be struggle. However, don't let them force their feet in and out of their shoes without unfastening them. Often, hook and loop fastenings can make life easier for everyone and they make older children feel grown up because they are putting on their own shoes.
9 Top Tips for the Care of Little Girl's Feet
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16 July 2010
Children's feet can be easily pushed out of shape, or permanently deformed, by badly fitted shoes. Even the wrong size of socks can affect the health of your little girl's feet. These 9 tips will help to start your daughter off on the right foot!
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