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The hustle and bustle for back to school preparations is in full swing! We often recall rules when fitting a suitable backpacks or clothing, but don’t forget that shoes have proper fitting requirements as well. See below for tips and tricks to fitting the right shoe no matter who you’re shopping for!

 

  • Try on shoes near the end of the day to ensure that the shoes will fit your feet when they are most swollen after a day of activities.

  • Finding a shoe with a removable insole is recommended in determining an accurate fit. Place the removed insole on the floor and step your full weight onto the insole, lining it up with the heel.

    • Width: If any part of the shoe deforms or bulges along the edges where the toes align, that shoe is not wide enough to accommodate the width of the measured foot.

    • Length: Determine which toe is the longest of the measured foot. Ensure there is at least one thumb’s width of space between that toe and the front edge of the insole.

  • Keep in mind that children are constantly growing, and their feet are no exception. Look for shoes that have adjustable straps or laces to better accommodate future growths and foot changes. When there is no longer one thumb’s width of space from the longest toe to the front of the shoe, it is time for a new pair!

 

Some Other Key Features to Look for in a Supportive Shoe

 

  • A moderately firm rubber sole on the bottom of the shoe for support and cushion – a supportive shoe should not be able to bend or twist in the middle of the foot

  • A firm heel counter with an “Achilles Notch” for comfort – the back of the shoe should resist any movement when pushed against, or when the edges are pinched together.

  • A comfortably cushioned tongue to prevent irritating the top of foot

  • Made from a breathable material for proper ventilation

 

Shoe suitability will differ depending on the activity they’re intended for and the type of foot resting in them. Chiropodists specialize in the assessment of biomechanics and recognizing what foot type you have. We accept self-referrals, and welcome all ages and foot types to our services. If you, or anyone you know have any questions regarding their foot care and footwear, please make an appointment by calling at 1-844-562-3668 or emailing footcare@lmc.ca.