As parents and children ready for another school year, UT Southwestern Medical Center orthopaedists have some suggestions for reshodding the young ones.
Wear in the toe or seams of footwear is a sure sign it’s time for new shoes. Other indicators include excessive wear to the midsole and heels, says UT Southwestern orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Michael VanPelt.
Most people’s feet aren’t exactly the same size, so one new shoe may feel different from its mate, but neither should feel too tight, Dr. VanPelt says. Measure both feet and ensure shoes fit the larger of the two. A good rule of thumb while shopping is to allow at least one finger’s width from the end of the longest toe to allow room for growth.
“Ill-fitting shoes can not only pose problems in proper foot development but can also lead to leg or back pain due to poor posture,” says Dr. VanPelt.
Also, it’s best to shop for shoes in the afternoon or evening, because feet naturally swell during the course of a day.
For children, avoid backless shoes, as well as footwear with high heels, which pose greater potential for injury and can hamper proper foot development. Look for soles that will provide good traction and shoes with good arch support.
Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/orthopaedics to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in orthopaedics.
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