Get­ting school shoes right

Geraldton Guardian - - Healthy You -

School has gone back and you’ve likely just bought new school shoes. But kids grow fast and you’ll be buy­ing more in no time. Dr Theresa Miller from Po­di­a­try WA, of­fers the fol­low­ing ad­vice to help en­sure a good fit:

• Fit shoes to the larger foot. No two feet are ex­actly the same size!

• The shoe must be com­fort­able; don’t buy shoes plan­ning to “break them in”.

• Blis­ters caused by shoes are a red flag. Seek pro­fes­sional ad­vice if th­ese are oc­cur­ring.

• Make sure there is 1cm of space be­tween the long­est toe and the end of the shoe when stand­ing. There should be room to wig­gle the toes. Ask chil­dren to wrig­gle their foot as far as pos­si­ble into the front of the shoe — if you can eas­ily fit your fin­ger in­side their shoe be­hind the heel there is suf­fi­cient room for com­fort and growth.

• Shoes shouldn't slip at the back when walk­ing. Make sure the back of the shoe is high enough to pre­vent it from slip­ping, but not so high that it rubs the back of the leg. Note: For the best fit, go to a rep­utable shoe shop to have your child pro­fes­sion­ally fit­ted for their new shoes.

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

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