Did you know that your kids’ feet can grow up to two sizes within six months? Tight shoes can cause blisters, corns and calluses and commonly, ingrown toenails. With back to school shopping in full swing, make sure shoes are on the list!
Keep in mind, shoes wear out. Overtime, they lose their shock absorption, tread, arch support and proper cushioning. Podiatrist caution that worn-out shoes elevate the risk of heel pain, arch pain, tendonitis and even sprains or fractures. If shoes appear to be worn, consider replacing.
A few tips to keep in mind while shoe shopping:
- Your big toe should be about a finger’s width from the end of the shoes
- When buying shoes, check to see that the toe box flexes easily but NOT in the middle of the sole.
- Head to your local running store to have a professional properly fit you for athletic shoes
Some children have flat feet and need more support in their shoe than others. If your child needs an orthotic, keep this in mind when purchasing new shoes. You’ll want to leave enough room in the shoe for those. Don’t forget about their sports, their cleats will need to be replaced too!
Children Foot Care in Myrtle Beach
If your child complains of foot aches and pains, no need to wait, make an appointment with your podiatrist today! Click here to make an appointment