Top Tips for Buying School ShoesDarwin Podiatry
Top Tips for Buying School Shoes
With a new school year beginning, and the children of Darwin returning to the classroom, many parents and guardians will be shopping for new shoes. It can be a daunting task! Here are Darwin Podiatry’s top tips to remember when buying new school shoes:
- Ensure your child’s feet are measured correctly for the width and length of the shoe. A shoe should follow the foot’s natural curve around the toes.
- Ensure there is enough room at the toes for movement. You should be able to wiggle your toes freely within a shoe. If a shoe is too narrow, it will pinch the toes together which can create long-term problems for the feet. Research also shows that wearing shoes that are too small for the feet can affect a child’s foot health later on in life. Make sure there is about 1cm between the longest toe and the end of the shoe, as a guide. Remember- the big toe is not always the longest toe on the foot!
- If you notice changes to your child’s shoes, such as an uneven wear pattern on the soles of the shoes, excessive scuffmarks to the inside or outside of the shoe, or blistering, callus, and corns forming on your child’s feet, we encourage you to seek professional advise from a Podiatrist. A Podiatrist can perform an assessment on your child’s feet and walking pattern, to determine the cause of the scuffing, uneven wear patterns of the shoes, or skin changes.
- The heel of your child’s foot should not slip in and out of the shoe – it should fit comfortably into the shoe, which will support your child’s foot as they run and play.
Habits to Break:
New Year, new you! Here are some common habits we see in school aged children, which can lead to ongoing foot health problems. Make it your new year’s resolution to break these habits, for healthier, happier feet.
- Taking your shoes off without untying the laces- this can lead to a shorter life for the shoe! You should also make sure you retie your laces when you put on your shoes – a tight lace keeps your foot snug in the shoe, and can help prevent blistering and injury. Do you find that your shoelaces become loose throughout the day? Try Lace Locking – a simple technique to keep your laces tight. A video of this technique is below
- Picking your toenails- did you know ripping or picking at your toenails can lead to infection and ingrowing nails? This becomes a real problem as it can lead to pain, infection, and almost certainly a trip to our Podiatry rooms! Often we will need to anaesthetize the toe and remove a section of the nail to treat an ingrowing nail. We encourage you to stop picking and ripping your nails – your foot health with thank you!