By: Dr. Saleena Niehaus

Did you know that your children’s feet are on a growth spurt, growing an average of 1/2 inch per year? 

That’s right! And this growth rate continues until around 10 years of age. As a caring parent, it’s crucial to keep an eye on your child’s shoe size, especially as they head back to school. After all, their comfort and well-being are paramount.

Sometimes, kids won’t voice their discomfort even if their feet are hurting inside their shoes. That’s why it’s essential to be proactive and watch out for signs that indicate it’s time for bigger shoes. By paying attention, you can ensure your child starts the school year on the right foot!

Here are some telltale signs to look out for:

1. Redness, callusing, or blisters on the tips or tops of the toes. These can indicate that your child’s shoes are too tight or small, causing unnecessary pressure and friction.

2. Bruising, thickening, or flaky changes in their toenails. These symptoms might suggest that the shoes are constraining their toes, preventing healthy growth and movement.

3. Find a shoe store with associates trained in using a Brannock device. The Brannock Device is specially designed to measure the length, width, and arch length of your child’s feet. Its precise measurements provide a solid foundation for finding shoes that fit flawlessly. It takes the guesswork out of the equation, ensuring you get it right every time.

Remember, every child’s growth journey is unique. By regularly monitoring their shoe size, you can help them avoid discomfort and potential foot problems. Properly fitting shoes will give them the freedom and support they need to thrive in the classroom and beyond!

So, as you gear up for back-to-school shopping, prioritize finding the perfect fit for your child’s growing feet. Invest in quality shoes that provide ample space for their toes to wiggle and breathe. By doing so, you’ll be setting them off on the right foot, ensuring a comfortable and successful school year!

Don’t let ill-fitting shoes hold your child back. Take the lead and give them the best foundation for their educational journey. Happy shoe shopping and have a fantastic school year ahead!
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