18 Sep School shoes – get the fit right
Aaaaah! Back to School time, you are jumping for joy or sad for the end of summer.
But whatever you feel about this time of year one thing never changes – kids grow! And that means new uniform and new school shoes.
Why are school shoes important?
Typically school shoes are the shoes kids spend the most time in and while a badly fitting pair of trousers might be annoying or look a little silly a badly fitting pair of shoes can HURT.
If that pain continues over a few weeks or even months, it can start to affect how your child moves and walks and runs, which means the ankles become involved and then the knees, hips, lower back, upper back and neck. It’s like that old song says, “The foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone, the ankle bone’s connected to the shin bone . . . . .” and on up the chain.
Not just long term joint problems but falls and injuries right now. If shoes don’t fit correctly then your child can literally be tripping over his own feet, losing his balance and generally being clumsy and hurting themselves.
Please remember – if your child complains of foot pain check it out!
1. Buy shoes for today
2. Leather and natural fibres allow the foot to breathe – doubly important here in the heat!
3. Check the inside of the shoe for seams and stitching that might irritate
4. If your child does get a blister always use a little bit of antiseptic and a plaster to prevent infection – kids feet get sweaty!
When to worry
Most toddlers are flat footed, but if it starts to look like their ankles are rolling inwards when they stand then a medical opinion might be helpful. Often children grow out of both flat footedness and tip-toe walking, but if these are still issues at 5 or 6 years old then intervention might be needed.
For a full shoe fitting and sizing guide please check out our blog:
Who are we?
Estelle Mitchell is widely recognised on the Costa del Sol as one of Spain’s leading physiotherapists. Qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist having with the RAF, Estelle is putting her wide and extensive experience to full use at Bodyworks Health Clinic near Marbella on the Costa del Sol.
For children from as young as 2 we use a system of assessment and analysis to monitor any potential issues and provide specialised support to prevent problems. We have invested in the most up-to-date technology and precision tools to get faster and more effective results while avoiding surgery and drugs. A combination of traditional hands on experience and modern technology means a high success rate.
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