Shoe shopping keeping parents on their toes

(WEAU) - As we step closer to spring, are your kids wearing the right shoes?

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association the average person walks almost 10,000 thousand steps each day. In a lifetime, that's about 4 trips around the world. But having the proper footwear as a kid is the only way to make those steps worthwhile in the future.

There are shoes that strap, shoes that tie, shoes that Velcro, but which ones do you choose?

"Her feet were not growing for a while, and then all of a sudden she's gone two sizes in like a month," said Jenna Eckes, mother of two and co-owner of ‘Once Upon a Child.'

Jenna Eckes and her husband say they have a hard time finding shoes that fit their 3 yr. old daughter. As owners of 'Once Upon a Child' here in town, which buys and sells kid's clothes, toys and shoes, they see other parent's struggling too.

"We have a lot of people bringing in their shoes because of that reason. They buy shoes and it seems like the next day they don't fit. They come in and trade things out,” said Eckes.

According to the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, children require new shoes every 3-4 months.

"This is one I'm not as fond of because it has a very thick sole and it's very hard and rigid," said Dr. Noelle Larson, Mayo Clinic Orthopedic Surgeon.

Dr. Noelle Larson an Orthopedic Surgeon with Mayo Clinic Health System says about 1/3 of kids wear a shoes size that's too small. She says you're better off changing your shoes more often, rather than constantly putting more dollars down on expensive shoes.

"Particularly in smaller children, to pick a very wide shoe with a wide toe box so the toes aren't being crowded in the front of the foot and also to pick a nice, flexible sole instead of a hard sole,” said Larson.

"It’s hard and why we stick with the used," said Eckes.

When it comes to heels for toddlers, they don't need them. Its better they have a flat sole when they start walking.

Another interesting note from the American Podiatric Medical Association is to take your child with you shoe shopping. It's meant to help with healthy habits for the future. It’s especially important because the foot carries 26 bones, which is about 1/4 of all the bones we have in our bodies.

If you want more information you can visit the Mayo Clinic Health System website below.