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The 1, 2, 3 Test For Back To School Shoe Shopping

As parents across the country check off school items from their shopping lists, remember one of the most important purchases that can be made for children this season: foot friendly shoes. Whether on the school bus, in the classroom, or on the playground, a properly constructed and well-fitted pair of shoes can drastically reduce a child’s risk of injury from relatively minor but painful conditions, such as blisters to more serious injuries such as tendonitis, sprains, strains, and even fractures.

"Ensuring a child wears a shoe that fits properly is paramount to keeping feet healthy during the school year,” said the American Podiatry Management Association’s (APMA) President Ronald D. Jensen, DPM. “By taking just a few extra minutes to examine a shoe before purchase, parents can rest assured that their child will be keeping their feet safe to and from school, as well as during the busy school day.”

One easy way to determine if a child’s shoe is foot-friendly is to perform the “1,2,3 Test”:
    First, press on both sides of the back of the shoe’s heel. Make sure that it does not collapse when pushed on.
    Second, check toe flexibility. The shoe should bend with your child’s toes, but should not be too stiff or bend too much in the toe box area.
    Third, grab the shoe by the front and back and twist gently. A foot friendly shoe should never twist easily in the middle.
    
Always take your child with you shoe shopping as you should never buy a child shoes without first trying them on. You don’t want shoes to be too big, but you want them big enough to allow room in the toe area. It’s also important to be sure that shoes such as soccer cleats fit properly. Even just an hour of running in shoes that don’t fit properly can cause foot problems. Following are several more shoe shopping tips to help start the school year off on the right foot:

Examine the heels. Children often wear through the heels of shoes faster than outgrowing the shoes themselves. Uneven heel wear can indicate a foot problem that should be checked by a podiatrist.

 

Look for the Seal of Acceptance. Certain footwear brands carry the APMA’s Seal of Acceptance. APMA’s Seal program recognizes products that set the benchmark for footwear and foot care industries and have been evaluated by a team of podiatrists to guarantee proper foot function.

 

Remember socks. Make sure to have your child try on shoes with socks or tights, if that is how they will be worn, in order to ensure a proper fit.

 

Quality shoes can be expensive, so you want to be sure that they not only fit, but will last longer than a few months. The right fit can be tricky to determine yourself, which is why all the staff members at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates are happy to assess your children’s shoe gear and make recommendations.


To ask a question, make an appointment, or get more information, you may call Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates at 309-661-9975 or visit HeartlandFootAndAnkle.com.

 

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