Back to School Shoe Shopping Tips
It’s that time—new backpacks, lunch boxes, clothes, and of course, shoes to start the new school year. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we know that shoes play a tremendous role in the health of your feet. As adults we usually know when our shoes are causing us a problem but with children there are a few other factors to consider. First, their feet are growing and can do so at an amazing speed sometimes. Also, kids may not always articulate discomfort from shoes. Get your child off to the best start possible this school year with these suggestions:
Check it out—your first stop may be the foot doctor’s office, not the shoe store, especially if your child has suffered a foot injury over the summer. Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, will give your child’s feet a complete examination and assess gait, balance and other foot health factors. If there are existing problems, the podiatrist can make suggestions about shoe styles that will be comfortable and not further aggravate the condition.
Size it up—get feet professionally measured when you shop for shoes. Both feet should be measured while the child is standing and bearing full weight on each foot. Don’t be alarmed if one foot is slightly larger than the other. This is common (even in adults). Just be sure to buy to accommodate the biggest foot.
Shop smart—it’s best to do your shoe trying on at the end of the day. That’s when feet are at their largest and most swollen. Also, have your child wear the type of socks that they will wear with the shoes you’re buying to ensure the correct fit and feel.
Do a final check—before heading to the cash register, check the inside of the shoes to be sure there are no rough spots that might cause blisters or irritation to the skin. Have your child take some time to walk around the store to make sure the shoes are completely comfortable before you buy them.
If you have any questions about the health of your child’s feet, don’t hesitate to contact our Somers Point office by calling: 609-927-4894.