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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
July 16, 2013
Category: Shoes
Tags: Shoes   pediatric foot care  

It won’t be long until the stores are full of “back to school” clothes and supplies for kids. Dr. Phil Pinsker, foot specialist in Washington, PA continually educates parents on the importance of remembering their children’s foot health and how shoes play a major role.

Tips for buying children’s shoes

Parents, put appropriate and supportive shoes on the top of your shopping list. Active kids need shoes that will support their growing feet and keep them safe in sports and on the playground. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers some great tips for parents. Print these out before your back to school shopping trip:

Don’t assume your child’s feet are the same size as the last time you bought shoes. Children’s feet grow fast and ill-fitting shoes can squeeze feet and cause pain and blisters.

Avoid handing down shoes between siblings. One reason is that athlete’s foot and nail fungus can be passed through sharing shoes and second, one pair may not properly fit the feet of another child.

Take your child with you and try shoes on in the store. They should feel comfortable from the start.

Take the 1-2-3 test with each pair of shoes:

  1. Heels should be stiff and rigid.
  2. The toe of the shoe should bend slightly but should not be too stiff or too flexible.
  3. You should not be able to twist or bend the middle of the shoe. This would indicate poor support for your child’s feet.

If your child is complaining of any foot pain, don’t hesitate to have it checked out. We need to keep our kids active and healthy feet are the foundation! Call Dr. Pinsker at (724) 225-7410 with any questions or concerns about your child’s feet or contact us online to make an appointment today. 

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