BACK TO SCHOOL FOOT CARE TIPS – Part 1: How to Choose the Right Shoes Summer holidays are soon coming to an end and we can almost hear the sound of school bells and noisy students running in the hallways. These only means one thing, the new school term is about to start and its time for the kids to head back to their classrooms prepared and ready. It is time of the year again to buy new school stuff including school uniforms and of course a new shiny school shoes. Style and shoe fit are both important for school-age children. Unlike adult feet, a child’s foot is still growing which means that they are more at risk of developing a foot or lower limb problems so getting a well-fitted shoe is very important. On the other hand, style and fashion matters particularly for teenagers. However, you can try to minimize the difficulty of choosing the appropriate footwear with these recommendations:
- Proper Foot Support – Shoes should be able to support the kids constantly growing feet. It should be flat, flexible ONLY at the toes/toe box area and comfortable to wear. Avoid heels as this is not only difficult for them to walk in but also bad for proper foot development.
- Get Professional Help When Fitting – Have a professional measure both of your child’s feet because one foot is usually larger than the other. Measure the length of the foot, the arch and the width for properly fitting shoes. Buy the right size shoes and don’t be tempted to get a larger size to have few extra times to wear out of it. Footwear that is too big can be unsafe and can cause foot problems later.
- Made of Quality Material – With kids overflowing energy, their shoes should be durable and quality materials. It must enable them to do all their daily activities as long and as safe as possible. Look for shoes made from breathable materials that will allow air to circulate in and out. Proper cushioning will also reduce repeated shockwaves to avoid any injury for your growing child.
- Try It with the Child’s Own Socks – When the child tries on shoes, he should have on the same type of socks he’ll likely wear with the shoes.
- Say “NO” to Hand-Me-Downs– Shoes usually conform to feet quite quickly and won’t fit a second child’s foot correctly. In addition, this could also spread infections.
- Buy Shoes that do not need a “Break-In” period – These types of shoes would give the child to feel comfortable as soon as she tries on. Letting a child have a say in the shoe shopping process will promotes healthy foot care habits in the future.