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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 24, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Hard to believe but it’s back to school time once again here in West Chatham County. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we know that getting new shoes to start the new school year is more than just a family tradition. Well-made, properly fitting shoes are one of the most important elements of good foot health. Below are some tips to help you make the best choice for your children:

Do: get your children’s feet professionally measured. Measuring should be done for each foot with the child standing and bearing full weight on the foot. 

Don’t: buy shoes for your child without them. Even once you know the correct size, it’s essential that your child try on the shoes and walk around the store for awhile in them to make sure they are comfortable and that there are no areas that rub or squeeze the foot. 

Don’t: use hand me down shoes for children. Once worn, shoes conform to the shape and gait of the wearer, making them unsuitable for a different wearer. There is also a chance of passing on athlete’s foot or another fungal infection by sharing shoes.

Do: shop at the end of the day. After walking and being on them all day, feet will be at their most swollen and largest. This will avoid buying shoes that feel fine in the store but then are “tight” after your child starts wearing them.

Do: have your child wear the type of socks he or she will be wearing with the shoes you are buying. This will help ensure the correct fit.

Do: inspect the shoes for quality. A few things to look for are: a firm heel counter (you should not be able to squeeze the backs of the heel together), flexibility in the front of the shoe so that it bends as your child’s foot does when walking and a rigid middle (you should not be able to twist the shoe in the center).

Don’t: forget to inspect sport shoes as well. Not only may your child’s foot size have changed over the summer, shoes may show signs of wear and should be discarded if they are stretched out or have any rips or other damaged areas.

It’s also a good idea to get any foot concerns checked by our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, before going back to school. Contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330-8885.

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