The school shoe checklist- Back 2 School |The Podiatrist and yourfeetnz
School kids are extremely active – they spend lots of time running around with friends and taking part in energetic sports lessons. By the time kids start school all the bones in their feet are fully developed and they have good control over the speed at which they move. They are able to make complex movements and are generally a lot more stable on their legs than they were at preschool.
For this reason, finding a pair of school shoes that are robust enough to withstand all of this activity, whilst also allowing kids’ feet to grow and move naturally is important, particularly because kids’ feet can continue growing until they are about 18 years old.
The school shoe checklist
When choosing school shoes it is important to look out for the following features:
• The sole of the shoe should be straight and should not twist.
• The shoe should not bend in the middle, but it should bend at the ball of the foot.
• Back parts of the shoe should be firm and supportive and the front parts of the shoe should be more flexible.
• All fastenings should be fully adjustable – laces, Velcro or buckles are recommended. Slip-ons generally do not give enough support.
• The fastening mechanism should hold the foot firmly in the heel of the shoe.
• Shoe materials should be robust and durable.
• The upper parts of the shoe should be made from leather or other breathable fabrics.
• The shoe should be lined with breathable materials, so that any moisture is drawn away from the foot.
• Brands that offer whole and half-sizes and a variety of widths will ensure the best fit possible.
Good quality school shoes can be expensive. Whilst it may be tempting to put your kids in a pair of hand-me-downs, using second-hand school shoes is not recommended. In all likelihood they will not fit your child properly, be worn down and have very little support. When it comes to school shoes, brand new is always best.
Contact The Podiatrist for all your foot care needs.
Posted on January 26, 2014, in Contact a Podiatrist, Kids n Motion, What is a Podiatrist, Your feet and tagged arch pain, arch support, arch supports, Athletic shoe, auckland podiatrist, auckland podiatrists, auckland podiatry clinic, back to school, Caron Orelowitz, caron orelowitz podiatrist, Child, childrens feet, fitting shoes, flat feet, foot inserts children's feet, Footwear, Health, heel counter, heels, inserts, new zealan podiatrists, north shore podiatrist, north shore podiatry, orthotics, Podiatrist, podiatrists, podiatry, podiatry new zealand, pronation, remuera podiatrists, remuera podiatry, remuera podiatry clinic, school, school shoes, socks, sole, soles, sore feet, The Podiatrist, west auckland podiatry, your feet. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.