Childrens Podiatry | Cheap Vs Expensive Shoes
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Cheap Vs Expensive Shoes

01 Sep 2017 Cheap Vs Expensive Shoes

When a child reaches the age where they can now start wearing proper shoes, we are often overwhelmed by the selection of shoes displayed in front of us. Which is why we often go straight to the shoes that are brightly coloured, pretty and less expensive.


As your child begins to develop their walking pattern, finding shoes is often a difficult task. Many parents will often put their children in cheap and more flexible footwear. The reason why is that their feet just grow too quickly and they hardly get the chance to wear them out! So why is it so important to make sure that your child is wearing the appropriate shoe for their needs?


It has been found that cheap shoes will often be more flexible in their materials including the sole of the shoe, which allows the shoe to be bent in half and twisted. Imagine wearing a shoe that you can fold in half? That doesn’t sound like it would give you much support.


It has been found that children who wear cheap or inappropriate footwear during childhood are more likely to develop foot complications and poor foot biomechanics later in life and through-out adulthood. Children may also develop foot deformities such as flat feet, heel pain, intoeing and sore knees, ankles and legs which may be avoided through the use of appropriate footwear.


It is important that while your child’s foot is still developing that we work to prevent and reduce the following from occurring:

– pronation

– shoes rolling inwards

– ligamentous laxity

– rearfoot valgus- rolling inwards at the heels


To prevent the above from occurring, the use of a more structured shoe, as seen at Mandarino, should be worn.

These features are what makes footwear good for your child:

– Lace or Velcro strap

– High top

– Firm heel counter

– Firm sole

– Adequate depth and length at toes


If you are unsure on the type of footwear that is appropriate for your children’s needs, make sure that you book in to see one of our friendly podiatrists today for an assessment to ensure that your child is wearing good footwear. ​

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