Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Care

Get Your Child Off On The Right Foot This School Year

September 28, 2023

If your back-to-school shopping list includes footwear for your children, our doctor of podiatric medicine at Kirkland Office would like to help make your choices a little simpler. Our specialist is an expert in all matters related to the health of the foot and ankles, and wants every child to get off on the right foot as the September term begins!

Computers and smartphones may be the hottest items in education, but perhaps nothing is as important for a child as a comfortable, properly fitting pair of shoes.

Here are some tips to consider, courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association:

  • The size of your child’s feet change as they grow, so sock and shoe sizes need to change with them. Measure the child’s feet each time before making a purchase.
  • Hand-me-downs may be fine for some clothing, but shoes are different because each child’s feet are different! Also keep in mind that shoe-sharing can spread athlete's foot and other fungi.
  • Feet are seldom identically sized, so always select a size that fits the larger foot.
  • Look for shoes with a stiff heel, flexibility in the toe area, and a rigid middle section that doesn’t twist. 
  • Don’t count on a break-in period to make the shoes comfortable. They should feel comfortable the first time your child tries them on. Always wear the socks that will normally be worn with the shoes when trying them on.
  • Involve your child in the selection process, don’t make the choice yourself without the child’s say-so.
  • Look for uneven wear on the soles of your child’s shoes. If the toes or heels are wearing unevenly, talk to our podiatrist to head off a potential foot problem.

Back to school is an exciting time of year for your children. Make sure they’re comfortable by using these simple tips. And contact our podiatrist at Kirkland Office if you have questions or concerns about the health of their feet or ankles!

12039 NE 128th Street, Kirkland, WA 98034