With the end of summer nearing, back-to-school shopping is on the mind of most moms. So what does that have to do with the chiropractor? Everything. Improperly fitting backpacks and shoes can both contribute to misalignment of the spine and create further problems if not addressed.
So here’s the scoop before you hit the shops.
The smaller the child, the smaller the backpack needs to be. Bags should sit up high on the back and the bottom of the bag should not extend below the child’s waist.
When shopping, look for bags that have padded straps, chest straps or a waist strap. All of these can help relieve strain on the back.
The total weight of the bag once filled should not be more than 10 percent of your child’s weight. For older kids and teens carrying text books, a rolling backpack may be more appropriate.
While all moms love a good deal, shoes for growing kids is not a time to shop used. Shoes mold to the feet of the wearer and may not fit the next child in an ideal way. If new shoes are not an option, consider new inserts for used shoes.
Look for shoes with plenty of arch support and a flexible sole for movement.
Don’t buy oversized shoes, there should be no more than a half to three-quarters inch between the longest toe and end of the shoe.
And once you get into the swing of the school year, don’t forget to inspect your kids’ shoes for excessive wear. Just because they haven’t outgrown them doesn’t mean it isn’t time for a new pair.