Many parents are feeling the pain of the back to school expenses and school shoes are on the list. So is it worth the extra spend to get a descent pair of school shoes?
Let’s think about it this way, a majority of your child’s foot growth will happen whilst wearing school shoes. Kids spend so much time in their school shoes and not just walking in and out of classrooms; they will often be running, jumping, filling them with sand or dragging them across the asphalt playing ball games. Hence you want something robust that will last the distance and supportive enough to assist in healthy foot development.
The shoe should be properly fitted, make sure the foot is measured for length and width we don’t want the toes getting squished. In regards to length there should be approximately 1cm from the tip of the longest toe to the end of the shoe. The heel should be gripping nicely and not sliding up and down, sometimes different lacing techniques can help a slipping heel.
When should you seek advice from a podiatrist?
- You notice uneven wear on the shoes
- Your child reports foot or leg pain that lasts longer than 1-2 weeks
- You notice Hard skin, lumps, bumps or itching
- You notice your child is limping
- You have noticed your child is constantly tripping or falling
- You have concerns about the way your child walks
- You have concerns about your child’s foot health