Are Your Child’s Feet Ready for School?

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Are Your Child’s Feet Ready for School?

The months of December and January are all school holidays and making the most of summer in Sydney. It’s a good time to gear up for the upcoming  school year, be it school stationery, uniforms and school shoes. At footinjuryclinic, we know that children are constantly on the move, exploring the world around them. That’s why we want to ensure their feet are healthy and well-supported. Let’s explore why children need to look after their feet, the importance of proper shoe fittings, and the role of orthotics.

Gait Issues in Children

The bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments in children’s feet are constantly developing and growing, so it’s important that parents look out for foot issues and address them ASAP. Some foot problems are walking on their toes, having flat feet, pigeon toeing (toes pointing inwards), out-toeing (outwards), bow legs, and limping. 

Ignoring any foot health issues during this critical stage can lead to them persisting into adulthood. When you bring your child into our practice, our podiatrists will conduct a thorough foot examination, taking into consideration your child’s arch type, gait, and any existing foot conditions. They will identify any abnormalities, such as flat feet or high arches, diagnose the underlying cause, and recommend appropriate interventions or treatments to address these foot ailments.  

Shoe Size  Matters

Properly fitting shoes are crucial for healthy foot development in children. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to blisters, calluses, and ingrown toenails.Investing in quality footwear from the start can prevent a myriad of foot-related problems down the road. Our podiatrists can help you choose the right school and sports shoes for your child, considering factors such as size, width, arch support, and overall comfort. They will also take into account your child’s daily activities. For example, if they are involved in sports, the podiatrist will recommend sports shoes that provide the support and stability specific to the sport and to your child’s feet.

Foot Support with Orthotics

Our podiatrists can help with choosing the right school and sports shoes for children by assessing their foot health, doing a gait analysis, and recommending footwear that supports their overall foot development. If needed, our podiatrists may recommend orthotics for your child so that they get additional support and address specific foot issues. Our orthotics are custom-made and manufactured in our in-house laboratory after a thorough examination of your child’s feet and gait. These orthoses are specifically designed to correct biomechanical imbalances, redistribute pressure, and alleviate pain. Whether your child has arch problems, flat feet, or other structural issues, orthotics can provide the extra support needed for healthy foot development. 

How to Choose the Right School Shoes

Children’s feet can grow rapidly; that’s why it’s so important that your child wears the right shoes. Shoes that are too tight or too large can lead to foot problems. Our podiatrists will consider both length and width, as well as any potential asymmetry in foot size, and then recommend shoes that support your child’s feet. Children’s shoes need to have proper arch support; adequate cushioning to absorb shock; a roomy toe box to allow for natural toe movement (stay clear from tight or pointed shoes); and adjustable straps or laces. Read another blog on how to buy school shoes here

Schedule a visit with our podiatrists for a comprehensive foot examination, especially if your child has complained of foot pain, difficulty walking, or if you’ve noticed any irregularities. Additionally, find out what school shoes to buy so that your child’s feet get proper support and comfort. Contact us now