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Choose the Right Shoes for Back to School

Aug 25

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8/25/2015 12:02 PM  RssIcon

Choosing the Right Shoes for Back to School

When taking your child shopping for that new backpack or back-to-school wardrobe, don’t forget about their shoes! Children’s feet grow and change as they get older, and it’s important for both their comfort and safety that they wear properly fitting shoes. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers the following tips for choosing the right shoes:

  • Always have your child’s feet measured when shopping for shoes. Your child’s feet may have grown more than you realize. Measuring the feet helps ensure a proper fit.
  • Buy shoes that don’t require “breaking in.” Properly fitting shoes fit comfortably right from the start. If the shoes feel too tight or too loose, keep looking.
  • Make sure the shoe (and the sock) fits. When your children are trying on shoes, make sure they have on the type of socks or tights that will usually be worn with those shoes.

Also, be sure to check the heels of your child’s shoes periodically. If you notice uneven wear on the heels, that could indicate a foot problem. The podiatric physicians at Rosalind Franklin University Health System can provide a comprehensive foot exam, along with recommendations for properly fitting shoes. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at (847) 473-4357.

3 Steps to Choosing the Right Shoe

  • Look for a stiff heel. The heel should not collapse when you press on both sides.
  • Check toe flexibility. While the shoe should bend somewhat with your child’s toes, the toe box (front part of the shoe) should not be too stiff or bend too much.
  • Check for a rigid middle. Shoes should not twist in the middle. If you twist the toe box and the heel in opposite directions and the middle section of the shoe twists, it’s not rigid enough.

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