Back to School Shoes: Basic Essentials
The beginning of September signals the end of summer and the start of another school year. The start of school is accompanied by the start of new sports and physical education classes. Obviously everyone is created differently and this holds true for one’s feet, it is important for developing children and young adults to use appropriate foot gear to provide the necessary support required to allow them to have fun without developing foot pain.
Those with a more flat foot structure require extra support to help stabilize their arch and prevent problems that are likely to arise from a collapsing foot structure. On the other hand, those with high arches can also suffer without support and structural stability within their arch.
It is important to know that foot pain is not normal! If pain occurs during activities and is relieved by rest, then there is usually a lack of correct structural support. Supportive foot gear from an early age plays an important role in preventing pain, discomfort and deformities as an adult.
When choosing both athletic shoes and daily use shoes, make sure it has good arch support. It should only bend at the level of the forefoot and be fairly firm in the mid and rear foot areas. Laced shoes are the preference as they provide greater foot control, while also allowing a degree of variability. The front of the shoe is known as the toe box and this area needs to be free of any areas of irritation or pressure. The toes should not touch the end of the shoe, allow half of an inch of room between the toes and the end of the shoe. The rear of the shoe is known as the heel counter and it is best that it be firm to provide rearfoot control. Always make sure the width of the shoe is adequate; consider a brand that carries various widths for those with wide feet.
Make sure to wear new shoes around the house for several days to ensure that they fit comfortably without any areas of irritation. It is recommended to have a pair of indoor shoes of the same quality and stability as well, allowing proper support even when you are “just at home”. NO flip flops or sandals!
Always get fitted for new shoes in the afternoon. As people go through the day, their legs and feet tend to swell. Shoes that fit great first thing in the morning will likely fit too tightly after a couple of hours which may result in discomfort. Always look for good shock absorbing soles for a better ride too. You want that Cadillac ride not the empty dump truck feeling at every step.
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