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Sports & Your Feet
Healthy Back-to-School Footwear Combats Child Obesity
Blog of the Month- The Healthy Feet Blog on Back To School
SoccerCan you believe that Summer is almost over?  As your family goes back to school, we would like to provide you with a few resources to help them prevent foot & ankle pain and injuries this year.  Whether they are student athletes or just picking out stylish back to school shoes, we have included articles that can help.

If anyone in your family suffers from foot and ankle pain, please visit our WEBSITE.  It is a great resource for athletes, people experiencing heel or ankle pain, diabetics and more.  We also keep our BLOG updated with the very latest information.

Should you need to see a podiatrist this year, we hope you will consider our practice.  Please CONTACT us or fill out the form on our WEBSITE to make an appointment. 
Dr. Kevin Murray and Dr. Stewart Chang
Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic

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Sports & Your Feet

Summer vacation is over and Fall is a  time when all members of the family tend to become more involved in athletic activity again.  This can be a difficult adjustment for your feet.  We hope these resources will help to keep you healthy & in the game!

Basketball & Your Feet
Baseball & Your Feet
Cycling & Your Feet
Running & Your Feet
Cleat Selection
How To Select A Running Shoe

Whether you are a competitive student athlete or an active adult exercising to stay in shape, Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic can help you with your foot and ankle pain and injuries.  We realize how important sports and exercise is to you and will do everything that we can to quickly get you back to your chosen activity.

We also offer custom orthoticsfor athletes which are specific to their foot and sport.  If you are experiencing foot and ankle pain from a sports related injury, please contact us.

Healthy Back-to-School Footwear Combats Child Obesity

As parents and children commence 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 not only reduce the instance of foot and ankle injuries in kids, but they also encourage physical activity, helping to decrease the likelihood of childhood obesity.

"If a child's feet hurt, they will be far less likely to participate in outdoor sports and other activities that keep them moving and physically fit," said APMA President Kathleen M. Stone, DPM. "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 a child pain-free and healthy."

As First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign continues to bring the childhood obesity fight into the public eye, parents are encouraged more than ever to only purchase foot-friendly shoes that keep a child's feet safe at home and on the playground.

Shopping for healthy shoes can be a daunting task without knowing what to look for-but the following APMA tips can make any back-to-school shoe purchase an easy, smart, and safe one:

·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, it should not be purchased.

·Look for the APMA's Seal of Acceptance. Many products, including select children's footwear models made by companies Pediped, Reebok, and Tsukihoshi, have been awarded the APMA's Seal of Acceptance for demonstrating proper foot health. Look for the APMA Seal on product packaging or on the manufacturer's website.

·Never hand down footwear. Sharing shoes can spread fungus such as athlete's foot, and regardless of shoe size, shoes that are previously worn can cause problems.

·Have a child's foot measured regularly. Most shoe stores will be happy to measure a child's foot. Children should also receive a foot health check-up from a podiatrist that includes foot measurement to ensure proper fit. Since shoe sizes may not be consistent from one manufacturer to the next, use size only as a guide, making sure the shoe is comfortable on the child's foot. 

·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 back-to-school shoe shopping tips, visit To get a full list of children's footwear with the APMA Seal of Acceptance, visit 
The Healthy Feet Blog

This month our favorite blog is The Healthy Feet Blog.  They promote proper foot care and footwear from a podiatrist's perspective. They posted two great articles this month that are just in time for back to school! 

Kids Feet Are Going Back to School 
Teachers Need Comfy Shoes, Too
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