Childrens Podiatry | Back To School: Have You Got Your Children’s Shoes In Order?
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Back To School: Have You Got Your Children’s Shoes In Order?

08 Mar 2017 Back To School: Have You Got Your Children’s Shoes In Order?

Children grow out of shoes at an alarming rate so you may be wondering whether it’s worth paying the big bucks for expensive shoes when they’ll need a new pair in 12 months time.


Here are some of the conditions your child may experience with ill-fitting footwear


  • ​Foot pain
  • Back pain
  • Callouses and corns
  • Blisters


Children are energetic, curious and like to explore their surroundings and their shoes need to be able to keep up with them. Unfortunately expensive price tags don’t always equate to quality so it really doesn’t matter where you find their shoes as long as they have the following features. Shoes with these features should support your child’s feet throughout the year.


1. ​Firm heel cup
  • ​Positions the heel so that the fat pads that sit underneath assist in natural cushioning and shock absorption
  • Disperses pressure over entire heel when at heel strike


2. Stiff Outsole
  • ​​Shoes should not be able to bend and twist


3. Bend at the toes
  • ​Enables the shoe to flex where it naturally should


4. Shoes with laces, buckles or Velcro to stop slippage and to hold the foot firmly
  • ​Holds the foot firmly and in place
  • Prevents toe deformities e.g. clawed toes


5. Materials
  • Leather is a natural fiber and is naturally very porous which leads to breathability and incredible ventilation unlike synthetic material
  • This is especially important if your children have sweaty feet


Fitting your children in good, quality shoes from the start of their growth ensures that they will avoid problems later down the track.