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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 16, 2022

Facing the many challenges of shopping with children can be unavoidable. At Feet First Foot Care, we want all our patients that are parents to feel good about the shoes their kids wear. But is it possible to also have the kids feel confident about the shoes? Of course, it is! Our specialists have curated a few, simple A+ tips for back-to-school shoe shopping. If you have any further questions or concerns, please call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas. Dr. Mucinskas is trained to find the best course of treatment for every individual

  • Examine Your Child’s Old Shoes. Are the insoles of their shoes evenly worn? If not, this could be an indication that your child needs a further examination from a podiatrist.
  • Plan To Go Shoe Shopping in The Afternoon or Early Evening. Feet are inevitably going to be the largest towards the end of the day. Having children try on their shoes at this crucial point in the day will ensure they are comfortable all day long.
  • Don’t Buy Shoes Without Having Your Child Try Them On. This step should not be skipped.
  • Always Buy New. Never Old. A shoe that fits one child comfortably, may not fit comfortably for another child.
  • Avoid Buying Shoes That Need to Be “Broken-In.” Footwear should be comfortable right away. Children outgrow shoes faster than adults. If your child complains about their shoes, try your best to resolve the issue.
  • Continuously Keep an Eye on Your Child’s Feet. Look for any signs of irritation throughout the school year. If you have any questions or concerns, speak with your podiatrist.
  • Get Shoes for The Occasion. If your child enjoys the outdoors, buy shoes that support the terrain. If your child enjoys playing sports, buy athletic footwear.

Bonus Advice

  • Have your children try on their shoes in the socks they will be wearing every day.
  • Don’t pass down shoes to younger children unless the shoes are practically new. This will give each child an opportunity for optimal comfort. Sharing shoes also increases the risk of fungal infection.
  • Ask your children their opinion on the shoes. But take it with a grain of salt. Support and comfort > fashion / trends.
  • Spend more on quality, rather than quantity.
  • Not everyone’s feet are symmetrical. If you find one of your child’s feet is slightly bigger than the other, it is always best to air on the side of bigger shoes than risk irritation and discomfort.

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that as summer winds down many parents are getting ready for that annual back to school shopping excursion. The new shoes you buy for your child can help them move to the head of the class in podiatric health. Conversely, shoes that get failing marks can lead to foot pain and injury. Below are some tips to help you get the best shoes for your child.

  • Start by examining their old shoes. Unevenly worn heels or insoles may indicate a defect in the biomechanics of your child’s feet. Make an appointment at our Cromwell office for a complete podiatric checkup. Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas will diagnose any foot or ankle problems and can make recommendations for shoe styles that will best accommodate your child’s particular feet.
  • Get your child’s feet measured professionally. Don’t be surprised if one foot is larger than the other—this is actually quite common. Buy shoes to fit the bigger foot.
  • Don’t buy shoes without having your child try them on. Children’s feet change quickly, and different brands may fit differently even if they are the same size. Children should try on both shoes and walk around for a while in the store to ensure that shoes are comfortable. Check younger children’s feet after to be sure there are no red marks or irritation.
  • Plan your shoe shopping trip for late afternoon or evening. Feet are largest at the end of the day and this will help ensure that shoes feel comfortable all day.
  • Have your child try on the shoes you are buying with the type of socks or tights they will wear with the shoes.
  • Don’t hand down shoes to younger siblings. Each person’s foot is uniquely shaped and that impacts the wear pattern of the shoe. Sharing footwear also increases the risk for fungal infection.

Educating your child now about making sound footwear purchases will help teach them the importance of taking good care of their feet for a lifetime. If you have additional questions about shoes, don’t hesitate to contact us.



 








 

 

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