At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that parents are busy getting their children ready to go back to school. One annual ritual that happens at this time of the year is the back-to-school shoe shopping trip. The shoes you choose for your children can have a big impact on the health of their feet. Below is a checklist of some things to remember when picking out shoes for the start of school.
- Does your child have any foot issues that might require special accommodations with their shoes? Flat feet, plantar fasciitis and weak ankles, for example, all would benefit from specific shoe features. If your child has a chronic podiatric condition or you are concerned that they are currently experiencing foot pain or discomfort, a check-up at our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office is a good idea. Our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw or Dr. Adam Thompson can give your child a comprehensive foot examination and make shoe recommendations if necessary.
- Will your child be participating in a fall sport? If yes, you’ll also want to buy a pair of shoes specifically made for the sport your child enjoys. Don’t be tempted to use hand-me-down sports shoes. Shoes mold to the foot of the wearer and can result in injury if worn by someone else.
- Bring the type of socks with you to the store that your child will wear with the shoes that you are buying. The socks that stores keep on hand are often much thinner than typical socks and will result in an inaccurate fit.
- No matter how often your children beg, choose good quality over fashion fads when it comes to shoes. Some features to look for include firm heel counter, roomy toe box, cushioned insole, breathable materials and tread that will prevent slips and falls.
If you have additional questions about the best shoes for your child, don’t hesitate to contact us for answers.