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By contactus@faanm.com
November 14, 2016
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In November, we participated in National Healthy Lunch Day, a part of American Diabetes Month®.

Below, we have rounded up some Healthy Lunch resources to encourage and inspire.

By Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico
October 25, 2016
Category: Youth
Tags: shoes   backpacks   kids   school  
How to buy school shoes and backpacks
 
Children are resilient, but choosing the best shoes and backpacks for back to school now can impact their health in the future. As podiatrists, we care about your children’s foot health as well as their overall wellness because it all ties together.

Follow these simple tips to get your kids off to a good start for the school year.
 

How to Shop for New Shoes

The fit of your child's shoe is especially important as they head back to class. Remember, their feet are growing, so check regularly for proper fit. Excessive or uneven wear can warn you of foot problems, so check for that as well.
 
Some things to keep in mind while shoe shopping include:
  • Bring your children with you to try on shoes. Knowing their size is not enough. Every shoe is made differently and you need to know it fits and feels good on their feet.
     
  • Fit the larger foot. One foot is always slightly larger than the other. It’s better to have one shoe that’s slightly loose than one that’s too tight.
     
  • Don’t forget socks! If they’re worn or ill-fitting they’ll cause irritation, blisters, or irregular gait. Buy new socks while you’re buying shoes.

What to Look for in Shoes

  • A stiff heel -- The heel of the shoe should not collapse when pressed from the sides.
     
  • Toe flexibility -- The shoe should be flexible enough to bend with your child's toes. However, watch for too much bend.
     
  • A rigid middle -- The shoe should not twist in the middle.

Why Backpacks Matter
 

How children carry the weight of their books and other gear is important, too. Most kids carry backpacks, but often those packs are unfit for the size of the load - and the size of the kid. An ill-fitting or poorly carried pack can cause neck, shoulder and back problems as well as foot pain. 
 
Here are some things to check while you’re outfitting your children for the upcoming school year:
How to wear a backpack safely
  • The pack should be big enough to carry most of the child’s books and supplies, but not so big that it sags below the buttocks.
     
  • It must be a backpack with two straps to evenly distribute the load on the child’s body. Single strap messenger-type bags cause muscle strain by throwing the child off-balance.
     
  • If a properly fitting bag won’t hold everything your child needs to carry, teach them to carry the rest in their arms, or leave what they don’t need in their lockers.

Follow these tips as you shop for shoes and backpacks for back to school. The result will be a healthier and more comfortable school year for you and your kids!

Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico provides comprehensive care for the foot and ankle, including pediatric and sports-related conditions. If you are in the Albuquerque-area and need an appointment or have a question for us, please call us at (505) 797-1001

 

By Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico
May 26, 2015
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Welcome to Our Blog!

Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about podiatric care and our practice.

At Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their foot and ankle health.  Our blog was designed to provide you with valuable podiatric health information, the latest podiatry developments and foot health advice from our dedicated team. 

Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper podiatric care and treatments.

We welcome all comments and questions.

--Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico





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