Buying the correct footwear is very important for toddlers and children as the foot is a complicated part of the body. From babyhood the foot is soft and pliable and if the wrong footwear is worn for prolonged periods of time it may cause damage and lead to problems later in life. Young children who are not yet walking do not usually need shoes, but you may wish to buy them soft shoes which help to protect the feet and keep baby warm when you are outside. Please check regularly to make sure the toes have room to move. Some children benefit from being in firm shoes before they walk and your physiotherapist will advise you on this.
Leaflet produced by Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists