I wrote this book because too
many people suffer from foot and ankle pain unnecessarily.

~ Dr. Phil Pinsker


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Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
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When to Replace Your Child's ShoesIf you plan your family budget and have to closely monitor spending habits, you are not alone! Raising kids isn’t always easy on the pocketbook. Middle-income parents can expect to fork out around $241,000 per child over 18 years, and that doesn’t include the cost of college, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. While you catch your breath, let’s just talk about something simple - their shoes. It is a small investment for a child but the right shoes are very important in order for your kids to stay active and safe. Replacing children’s shoes may need to happen more often or sooner than you think.

Until about the age of 10, children can outgrow their shoes up to four times each year. You can’t always go by the signs of wear and tear, as children are often ready for new ones before the old ones have time to wear out. Shoes that have hardly been worn can be handed down to younger children, but avoid this practice when shoes are really worn down. The structure of the shoe can be compromised and may not support and protect their feet.

If your child is really active or regularly involved in sports, check their shoes often. Look for stressed seams, worn out soles, bulging sides, or toes that bend upwards. Also, pay attention if they complain about their feet hurting. When shoes are too small, their toes may be squeezing, pinching, or rubbing too much on the heels, which can cause pain and blisters.

Have their feet measured each time you go shopping—their feet may grow faster than you think! Buy shoes to accommodate the larger foot if they are different sizes and make sure there is about a half inch of space between their toes and the end of the shoe. Look for a sturdy, thick sole for cushioning and traction and buy the right shoe for the right activity—all shoes are not created equal when it comes to sports.

If you have any concerns about your child’s foot health, there may be more going on than just a footwear problem. Contact Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M., at our Washington, PA, office at (724) 225-7410 or request an appointment online.

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