Proper Fitting Shoes
With children starting back to school next month it is time to start school shopping for new clothes, shoes, and supplies.
It is very important that your child has a proper fitting and supportive shoe to help avoid injuries and pain. Below are a few simple tips on making sure the shoe is the correct size:
- Be sure to take your child with you when buying them new shoes
- There should be a thumbs/fingers width from the end of the longest toe to the end of the shoe. The longest toe may be the 2nd toe and not the big toe
- The shoe needs to be the correct width for the foot. Never assume the shoe will “stretch out” over time
- Try to avoid flat non-supportive shoes. Running shoes are a great idea for children
- Always try on shoes with socks as you may need a half size larger
- The shoe should be comfortable immediately, there is no “break in period”
- Avoid “hand me down” shoes as you can get athletes foot and/or fungal nails
- Buy the shoe to fit the larger foot. It is important to have both feet measured each time you buy a new pair of shoes
Another good reminder is to have a sanitizing shoe spray and clean the shoes regularly to prevent bacteria buildup which can start to smell. Who wants smelly feet and shoes?
Have fun shopping and enjoy the upcoming school year!
If your child does injure their feet or ankles or if you should have any questions or concerns about your children’s feet or shoe gear please call Dr. Hollander for an appointment, 707-578-1222.