As seems to be the case just about every year, the summer is flying by. Before you know it, kids will be heading back to school (which we are sure they are really looking forward to). In the San Juan district, classes begin on August 13. If your back-to-school shopping hasn’t started already, it soon will. Picking out new clothes, including footwear, is a big part of that, so this is a good time to share some kids’ shoe shopping tips.

Take a look at the foot and ankle injuries and conditions that children—or anyone, for that matter—experience and you will see that many can be prevented simply by having the right shoes. This includes not only ones that are “activity appropriate,” but also those that fit properly. With this in mind, the following tips will help when you go shopping for kids’ shoes.

  • Bring your child shoe shopping with you. Depending on age, children’s shoe sizes can change every couple of months as they grow. Additionally, every shoe is going to fit differently and this means the best practice is to have your child try on footwear in advance of purchasing them.

  • Go shopping later in the day. Feet expand during the course of the day, so a pair that fits in the morning can be tight by the time night falls. This problem is easily avoided by simply heading out a little later to ensure the best possible fit throughout the entire day.

  • Fit the pair to the larger foot. Feet are rarely the exact same size, so have both measured and find footwear based on the larger of the two. When you do, make sure there is a thumb’s width of space between the largest toe on that foot and the front of the shoe and also that the heel is properly cradled.

  • Don’t plan on a “breaking-in” period. If a pair of shoes are not immediately comfortable, do not purchase them.

We noted that the right footwear can reduce the risk of foot injuries and conditions, but keep in mind that few are 100%-avoidable. If your child needs expert care for any foot or ankle issue, or you want more information, simply reach out to our Carmichael, CA office and we will help. McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group is committed to providing first-class podiatric services for your whole family, so call us today at (916) 961-3434.

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