Where has the summer gone? It is almost back-to-school time, can you believe it? The start of a new school year brings about two certainties: new clothes and new shoes. Unlike in years past, the stores are stocked with a variety of shoe types that run the gamut in style and fit. Parents have much more to consider when shopping for back-to-school shoes!

Here’s some tips on how to avoid your child’s foot problems with the right shoes:

Shoes Should Fit
Your child’s feet can grow up to two sizes in six months, so you need to account for growth when buying new shoes.A good fit is about a finger’s width from the end of the shoe to the tip of the big toe.

Shoes Wear Out
Shoes lose their shock absorption over time elevating the risk for heel pain, Achilles tendonitis and evenankle sprains & stress fractures. Check to see that the toe box flexes easily and the shoe does not bend in the middle of the sole.

Children With Flat Feet
Children with flat feet need shoes with a wide toe box, maximum arch support and shock absorption. The best shoes to buy are ones with enough depth for an orthotic insert.

A good pair a shoes goes a long way. Prevent your child from suffering foot pain and buy them a sturdy, supportive pair that they can enjoy their school year in! If your feet are hurting, come in and see us at one of our 3 locations.