It’s that time again! We know you’re making a list, and checking it twice, but when it comes to buying new footwear for back to school, follow the ABCDEs of smart shoe shopping.
A. Whether it’s on the school bus, in the classroom, on the playground or sports field, children need a well constructed pair of shoes to help reduce the risk of injury that can lead to more serious problems such as sprains, strains and fractures.
B. All parents want happy and content children. In spite of what your kids tell you, there’s more to buying shoes than simply how they look. Not every fashion-forward or trendy shoe is a healthy choice. Look for 3 things when choosing shoes:
a. proper toe flexibility
b. a rigid middle
c. and a stiff heel
C. Don’t be wooed into buying shoes that need a “break-in” period. If they are not comfortable immediately, don’t buy them.
D. Never hand down footwear. No four feet are alike. The odds are against a shoe properly and comfortably fitting two children. Besides, sharing shoes can spread fungi like athlete’s foot or nail fungus.
E. Take note of changes in children’s feet. It may be necessary to change shoe and sock sizes every few months as his/her feet grow. Remember, children don’t always “tell” about their foot discomfort.
Choosing properly fitted and supportive shoes that offer good support and protection is important to the overall health of children. Talk to your chiropodist or podiatrist today!