According to the America Podiatric Medical Association, it is important for parents and teens to understand the fit and function of getting the right shoe size before making a finalized purchase. The APMA suggests that parents buy their children the correct shoe for the type of activity they are participating in; basketball shoes for basketball, cleats for soccer, etc. It is also important to have your teen’s foot measured to make sure the fit is correct and comfortable.
Parents and teens should buy new shoes when signs of wear start to show and opt for shoes with a flexible sole and firm middle.
Getting the right shoe size is important to your foot health. If you have any concerns about shoe type, please contact Dr. Carl Ingrassia of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Getting the right shoe size
Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.
So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.
Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels. Also, buying a shoe online then getting it in the mail only to find out that it was the wrong shoe can be frustrating because you then have to deal with shipping and handling and re-ordering a new size or possibly getting a refund.
People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible, fancy shoes that are not so comfortable can be saved for events where the occasion expects a fancier look.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Fords, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic technologies and treatment to treat your foot and ankle needs.