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Clark, NJ 07066




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By Clark Podiatry Center
September 22, 2016
Tags: school shoes  

It’s that time of year again – the kids are back in school! Most of you have already gone and done some back to school shopping to prepare for the new school year, but some may still be catching up (or shopping again). While school supplies and clothing are a given when you think about back to school shopping, don’t forget about the importance of finding good shoes for your growing children. Since their bodies, and feet in particular are growing rapidly, it is possible that children will need to buy bigger sizes more often than you think.

Things to keep in mind when back to school shoe shopping:

  • Your child(ren)’s feet should be measured each time new shoes are purchased. The best time is in the afternoon when feet are slightly bigger/swollen from pressure through the day.

  • Your child(ren) should try the shoes on to see if they are comfortable. Shoes that are too tight in the toebox or not cupping the heel properly can cause foot issues.

  • Shoes should be tried on with socks as they would normally be worn.

  • Do not rely on hand-me-downs. As children wear shoes, the soles mold to the wearer. The next person who gets the shoes may not have the proper support if the soles have lost cushion.

  • Socks should also be purchased for the appropriate foot size.

  • Fashion should not be the determining factor of a purchase. While the “classic look” or sparkly shoes seem to be more attractive, it’s more important that your children go to school with supportive, well-fitting shoes. If they participate in Physical education classes or have time in the gym, they should definitely have sneakers so that it appropriately fits the activity. Children who walk to and back from school should also have comfortable walking shoes.

Remember that for feet, “growing pains” are not normal. Children with foot or ankle issues should see a podiatrist before purchasing shoes, orthotic inserts, or even orthotic shoes. Come see Dr. Brandon Macy, our board-certified podiatrist at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute, which is now part of the Clark Podiatry Center. As a foot doctor specializing in pediatric podiatry, he provides personalized care for you and your family to keep you walking. Make an appointment today! Our office in Clark, NJ serves the Westfield area and surrounding Union County.


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Podiatrist - Clark, Dr. Brandon Macy, 1114 Raritan Road, Clark NJ, 07066 732-382-3470