The summer is quickly fading away and back to school shopping for notebooks and new shoes has begun! Over the next year, we will begin to notice a dramatic evolution in our children. They will enter school at one height and leave a foot taller and a year older!  Many parents are faced with the issue of what shoes to buy their children, how big they should be, and how quickly they will outgrow them.

Most important to realize is that no child is the same. Every child’s foot will grow at a different rate.  These numbers are only averages. Between the ages of 1-3 children grow the most with approximately a 1.5mm increase in length each month. This slows slightly between the ages of 3-6 with an increase of 1mm per month. Between the ages of 6 and 10 this slows even more to less than 1mm per month or 1/2 inch per year. Lastly, between the ages of 12 and 17, boys feet will continue to increase by approximately 10% and female feet by 2%. At this point, the majority of growth is complete as the growth plates in our bones begin to close.

How to size your feet

Next to consider is how much room to leave in the toe box, or front of your shoe. Squeezing your feet into shoes that are too small can lead not only to pain but conditions such as ingrown nails, bunions, and hammertoes. You should leave 1/2 inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe, or a thumbs width. When estimating the distance using your thumb, be sure not to press on the big toe. When all is said and done, make sure your child is comfortable and has wiggle room for theirs toes Also, don’t be surprised if during that growth spurt they go up 1-2 sizes throughout the year!


Have a great start to your school year. Hollowbrook Foot Specialist, serving the Hudson Valley from Wappingers Falls.  Call us at (845) 298-9074 for your preferred appointment.

By: Samantha DelRegno D.P.M.



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Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

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You will not find a better podiatrist than Dr. Schlam. I have been seeing him for over twenty years and he has been a godsend for my foot pain. If only I could give six stars...

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Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

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The best health care experience. The staff and nurses are super friendly and Dr. Schlam is very good. I highly recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists.

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
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