exactly what should we buy?
The most important factor for children's shoes is that they fit. This means
always having them fitted professionally by someone trained in children's
shoe fitting. Both feet need to be measured as you always fit to the biggest foot. It is normal for up to a size difference between feet. A correctly fitting shoe should have a thumb space clearance at the end of the longest toe, and should not compress the sides of the front of the foot.
Young children do not notice if their shoes no longer fit. Their feet are very flexible and will mould to the shoe. This can lead to blisters, callous and corns. If you are not sure if your child’s shoes still fit, get them checked by a shoe fitting specialist
Do your Child's Feet Hurt?
• Do they complain of foot or leg pain?
• Do they often ask to be picked up?
• Do they have instability issues or trip frequently?
• Do they kick their shoes off before undoing their laces?
• Does your child walk differently to other kids?
Recent research has revealed that certain foot types (flat feet or high arched feet) can predispose children to certain sports injuries and problems in later life. If you are concerned that your child’s feet do not look or function ‘normally’, then having a Podiatrist assess your child’s feet may prevent problems in the future.
• Don't ignore your child's complaints regarding their sore feet or legs - it's not normal.
• Podiatrists are health specialists trained in assessing and treating feet, including children.
• See your Podiatrist to answer all your concerns regarding your child's feet.
• Sorry, there is no cure to make them untie their shoelaces.
At the Ballarat Foot & Ankle Clinic, we will lead you and your child to healthy feet. We have 3 Podiatrists whom all have a special interest in children’s feet. We help little developing feet carry the entire weight of the body through a lifetime of standing, walking and running.