Going back to school brings a whole new set of challenges to kids’ feet and ankles. Whether it’s trendy footwear, football practice, or just a heavy book-bag, use these tips to help your kid put their best, strongest foot forward this season.
Go Shoe Shopping
Kids grow fast, and so do their feet. What’s more, they may well have pounded through the supportive soles of their former go-to sneakers. Make sure to get some great comfortable kicks, both for gym and for everyday wear. It’s important to find a style your child actually wants to wear. If your child is into more feminine trends, try scoping out some quality, supportive flats–and make sure you give a firm “no” on any heel height higher than ¾ of an inch. Ask your child to wear the shoes around the house to make sure they fit well–if there’s any discomfort, return them. If price is an issue, don’t forget good old Amazon, where you can often find name brand shoes in past season styles or colors for cheap, or hunt down sizes that are harder to locate in store.
Get a Physical
Kids don’t always say something when they’ve been injured. A visit to the doctor will help uncover any weakness in the ankles or feet and diagnose other issues that could cause trouble down the road.
Lessen the Load
A heavy, overloaded backpack puts stress on your joints, bones and muscles–all the way down to your toes. Help alleviate that stress by sticking with a style that disperses weight evenly–i.e. a traditional backpack with the straps firmly on both shoulders. If it seems like this year’s supplies are especially hefty, consider a rolling backpack.
Budget for Protective Gear
Many fall sports require protective gear. Budget ahead to avoid unpleasant surprises come tryouts.
If your kids are experiencing ankle or foot soreness, contact us to request an appointment!