posted: Aug. 23, 2021.
It’s almost time for back to school, and at NextGen Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know our Glendale patients are busy preparing, including buying new backpacks, clothes, and, of course, shoes to start the new year. We believe that getting the best footwear for your children is a top priority. After all, wearing shoes and sneakers that are well made and fit properly is one of the top ways to protect the health of your feet. Before you hit the stores, here’s a brief “study guide” to ensure high marks on your shoe purchases.
It may seem like letting your fingers do the shopping online for your children’s shoes or accepting a pair of hand-me-downs from a friend would be a great way to bypass the whole shopping process. But, just as in school, cheating has consequences. Shoes that another person has worn are imprinted with the mold of their unique feet—trying to fit your child’s feet into them will likely result in discomfort and potentially fungal infections and other foot problems. Failing grades for buying online because you will need to try on children’s shoes to ensure a proper fit.
Check with the Podiatrist
It’s a good idea to schedule a podiatric checkup with our podiatrists, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, and Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, before heading to the shoe store, especially if your child has a chronic foot problem such as flat feet or Sever’s disease, or if they suffered a foot or ankle injury in the last year. The foot doctor will examine your child’s feet and determine if any special footwear modifications are advisable at this time. The podiatrist can also recommend the best features to look for to support your child’s feet. You can contact our Glendale (818) 416-3668, South Pasadena (818) 779-6140, or Glendale (818) 756-3338 office for an appointment.
Bring or have your child wear the socks they’ll wear with their school shoes or sneakers for a more accurate fit. If your child is serious about a sport, you’ll also want to purchase a pair of athletic shoes designed specifically for their sport. Schedule your trip for the end of the day because that’s when feet are their largest. Pick a day that is not jam packed with other activities so that your child will not be cranky or impatient. It’s important that they take their time trying on both shoes and walking in them to determine if they are comfortable.
Doing your homework before shopping can help you avoid having to do a “makeup” session because shoes don’t feel comfortable once your child starts wearing them for school.