Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Although tempting, do not use hand me down shoes as they could impact the development of your child's foot. Have your child's shoe size and sock size re-measured because children's feet grown and change rapidly. Consider comfort, support, and fit before purchasing a pair of shoes.
Properly fitting shoes are equally as important for the scholar athlete. Shoes should be specified to the sport or activity your child is involved in.
Tips For Choosing Footwear
-Have your feet measured each time you shop. Feet change size over time
-Put weight on your feet while they are being measured.
-Shop for shoes at the end of the day. Your feet swell throughout the day and this ensures a better fit.
-Fit shoes to the larger foot if your feet are different sizes.
-Have shoes fitted to your heel as well as your toes.
-Always try on shoes! Sizes vary depending on the brand.
-Walk around in the shoes to make sure they are comfortable.
-Leave a 1/2" space from the end of your longest toe to the end of the shoe.
-Always allow for "wiggle room" for your toes.
-Avoid shoes with a heel 2 inches or higher.
Tips modified from the footwear recommendations guide of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Call us or Visit Vailfoot.com to schedule a foot exam. You can also try Deodorizing Foot Wash from out product store to keep you child's new school shoes smelling fresh.
Posted by Dr. Thomas Vail at 7:30 AM