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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 08, 2016
Category: Foot Care

It’s that time of year: children are heading back to school and the age-old ritual of buying new shoes is taking place in families throughout the greater Savannah region. The shoes you choose can have a big impact on the health of your child’s feet. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we’d like to offer some helpful tips on getting the best shoes for your child:

  • If your child has flatfeet, in-toeing, out-toeing, a foot or toe deformity or he or she has had an injury to the foot or ankle, contact our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico for a consultation. The foot doctor can provide information on the type of shoes that will best protect your child’s feet and give them the necessary support to help with any existing conditions.

  • Get your child’s foot measured by a footwear professional. Remember that it’s not uncommon for one foot to be larger than the other. Always buy shoes to fit the bigger foot.

  • Have your child try on both shoes and spend a bit of time walking in them before making a purchase. Shoes should feel comfortable in the store—a “breaking in” period is a myth.

  • Allow for growth. There should be a finger’s width of space between the end of the longest toe and the inside of the shoe. Don’t buy shoes that are too large, however, as then the foot can slide around causing blisters and ankle turns.

  • If your child is participating in a sport, buy shoes designed specifically for the activity they will be doing.

  • Avoid hand-me-down shoes as the shoe molds to the shape of the foot of its wearer.

  • Choose shoes made of breathable materials that allow for air to circulate. This will help reduce the risk of fungal infection.

  • Remember to check your child’s shoe size often as little feet can grow quickly—as much as two sizes in 6 months! Replace shoes as soon as they are worn out.

If you have additional questions concerning the health of your child’s feet, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

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