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It’s back-to-school time and on top of new schedules and school supplies, that means shopping for new school shoes. It’s important to get your child well-fitting, comfortable shoes for the school year. Our pediatric podiatrist wants you to keep these tips in mind when you head to the store for your child’s new shoes.

#1: Get Your Child Fitted by a Professional

To guarantee proper fitting shoes for your child, have their feet measured by a professional. Regardless of what their number sizing is, many shoes at the store may not be the proper width or length for your child’s foot. Additionally, one foot is often larger than the other and your child’s shoes must accommodate the difference.

Ill-fitting shoes can cause problems like bunions, calluses, or plantar fasciitis. Call our office today to get your child fitted for their proper shoe size.

#2: Don't go Cheap - Choose a Quality Shoe with the Proper, Breathable Material

When it comes to buying shoes, it’s important to focus on quality. Low-quality materials wear out quickly and flimsy soles will not offer the proper arch or heel support and will worsen foot conditions. Shop for shoes with breathable material, well-made rubber soles, and double stitching. Another benefit of buying quality is that the shoes will last much longer!

#3: Make Sure They're Supportive

Running and playing on the playground puts stress on your child’s feet. Their shoes should be supportive enough to keep them comfortable and irritation-free throughout the day. Your child’s shoes should be sturdy, with a stiff middle and a flexible toe box. To ensure proper arch support, check that the sole is strong and doesn’t twist.

#4: For Those Who Play Sports, Buy Separate Pairs of Shoes

If your child plays a sport, it’s important to get the appropriate pair of athletic shoes for that sport. Each shoe is specifically designed to support the foot movement expected during play. Keep everyday shoes separate to extend shoe life and avoid foot injuries.

Contact Our Pediatric Podiatrist for Help

If you need help or have any further questions, please feel free to call our friendly office for more tips on picking out quality shoes for your child. Your family’s happy, healthy feet are our main priority!

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact The Podiatry Center, with convenient podiatry offices located in Bethesda, by calling 301.660.8225 or by clicking here.


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