By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
August 19, 2017
Category: Proper Footwear
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As summer winds down, many families will be setting out on the age old quest for new school shoes. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that buying good quality, properly fitting shoes are one of the best ways parents can protect the health of their children’s feet. Below are some important tips to consider:

  • If your child sustained a foot injury over the summer or you have any concerns about their feet at all, schedule a foot examination with our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah before you take your child shopping for new shoes. It’s important to be sure that any injuries have fully healed. Also, if there are any problems with your child’s feet, the foot doctor may have specific recommendations about the kinds of shoes that would be best for your child.
  • Have both of your children’s feet measured professionally before trying on shoes. It is not uncommon for one foot to be larger than the other. Always buy shoes to accommodate the larger of the two feet.
  • Make sure there’s enough room in the toe box. There should be a half an inch of space between the longest toe and the front of the shoe and your child should be able to freely wiggle their toes in the shoes.
  • Check that heels do not slip out of the back of the shoe. If this is happening, there is a greater risk of injury. Children who have sprained ankles in the past or who have weak ankles may do better with high top shoes or sneakers.
  • Don’t forget sneakers or sports shoes. At the rate that children’s feet grow, there’s a good chance that your child has outgrown the sneakers he or she was wearing in the spring. Check for wear too. If your child plays a particular sport, get shoes that are designed for that sport.
  • Have your child walk around the store with both shoes on for a while before purchasing. Take them off, remove the socks and check your child’s foot to see if there are red marks or other signs that the shoe is irritating or rubbing on a part of the foot.

If you have questions about the health of your child’s feet, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction offices in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.