Healthy Shoe Shopping
not only reduce the incidence of foot and ankle injuries in kids, but also encourage physical activity, helping to decrease the likelihood of childhood obesity.
As parents and children begin the annual hunt for deals on back-to-school items, shopping for healthy shoes should top the 'must-buy' list for more important reasons than just a fashionable new look. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), well-fitting shoes
Your podiatrist will tell you that if your child's feet hurt, he or she will be far less likely to participate in outdoor sports and other activities that keep him or her moving and physically fit. With childhood obesity considered an epidemic today, it is vital that parents take just a few moments during this busy back-to school shopping season to select a shoe that provides adequate support and fits properly. It is one of the easiest ways to keep your child pain-free and healthy. Shopping for healthy shoes, however, can be a daunting task without knowing what to look for-but the following APMA tips can make your back-to-school shoe purchases easy, smart, and safe:
• Before buying a shoe, perform the '1,2,3 Test.' First, squeeze the back of a shoe's heel and ensure that it does not collapse. Second, grab the front (toe box) of the shoe and make sure that the shoe bends where the child's toes would naturally bend in the shoe. Third, grab the shoe at both ends and try to gently twist. Shoes should never twist in the middle and should be rigid. If a shoe fails any of these three steps, don't buy it.
• Look for the APMA's Seal of Acceptance. Many products, including select children's footwear models made by Pediped, Reebok, and Tsukihoski, have been awarded the APMA's Seal of Acceptance for demonstrating proper foot health. Look for the APMA Seal on product packaging or a manufacturer's website.
• Never hand down footwear. Sharing shoes can spread and encourage the growth of fungus and bacteria such as athlete's foot, and regardless of shoe size, shoes can fit every child differently.
• Have a child's foot professionally measured regularly. Most shoe stores will be happy to professionally measure a child's foot, or your podiatrist can measure your child's foot during a foot health check-up to ensure proper fit. Also, measure for proper length from toes to the tip of shoes to prevent irritation and injury.
• No 'break-in' period required. Your child's shoes should be comfortable to wear immediately and should not require a break-in period for comfort.
For more shoe-shopping tips, visit www.apma.org/kids-shoes. For more information on children's footwear with the APMA Seal, visit www.apma.org/pediatricfootproducts.
ER or DPM? Making a Decision with Trauma
| Foot and ankle trauma is all too common in the fall when kids go back to school and participate in fall sports. In addition, many of us ramp up our exercise regimens as temperatures become more moderate. When faced with what to do and where to go for foot and ankle injuries such as a twisted ankle, broken toe, or open laceration, here are some tips:|
• Today's podiatrists have been educated and trained to diagnose and treat injuries of the foot and ankle.
• Most foot and ankle injuries can be evaluated and treated by the podiatrist in his or her office, saving a trip to the emergency room.
• Most podiatrists have X-ray equipment in their offices, so they can determine if your foot or ankle is fractured or just sprained.
• If you decide to go to an emergency room, ask to see a podiatrist.
Wait times and insurance co-payments are often less in your podiatrist's office than in an emergency room. If in doubt, call your podiatrist to determine where you should go if you injure your foot or ankle.
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This patient information newsletter is courtesy of www.apma.org