Spring is in the air, and that means so are baseballs, soccer balls, javelins,
lacrosse balls, golf balls – you name it! Yes, spring sports are
definitely gearing up to get going, but before the seasons begin, it’s
good to know what to look for when shopping for kids’ cleats. After
all, having the right sports cleats is key to not only optimum performance but
protection against injury, too. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before your kids hit the field,
track, pitch, or course:
Fit the Shoe to the Sport
Cleats are not all the same! A soccer cleat is often lighter, with a molded
bottom and plastic, rounded cleats for traction and agility. Baseball
cleats can provide different rises depending on ankle support desired.
The location of the cleats on the bottom of a lacrosse shoe is different
than that on a golf shoe. Track cleats are typically made of metal, and
vary in length. The point is, cleats are made differently for different
sports with features geared to each sport’s particular needs. It’s
important, then, to make sure the cleats you buy are made specifically
for the sport in which your child is participating.
Fit the Cleat to the Feet
Proper fit is huge! Cleats should never be too tight or too loose which
can cause blisters and sprains. Have your child’s feet measured,
then make sure there is about a half-inch between the longest toe and
the end of the shoe. Cleats should feel comfortable right away as well,
and should be tried on with the socks worn during competition.
If an older sibling played the same sport, it might be tempting to use
hand-me-downs, but this is a bad idea – not only because they might
not be the exact size you need, but they may also be too worn to provide
ample cushion and support.
Consider Custom Orthotics
It’s a good idea to pay us a pre-season visit so we can ensure your
child’s feet are healthy, as well as determine if
orthotics would be beneficial inside the sports cleats you buy. These devices can
correct biomechanical flaws, provide additional support, and help distribute
weight evenly, relieving excessive pressure and reducing risk of injury.
Call us to find out more or to make an appointment by dialing (713) 493-7372
to reach our Houston, TX office.
Good luck to all the young athletes out there!