Kids’ shoes sized up

Townsville Bulletin - - Your Health -

A RE­SEARCH project will in­ves­ti­gate the im­pact shoes have on a child’s growth.

The study, un­der­taken by the Univer­sity of Syd­ney’s Fac­ulty of Health Science, is part of The Chil­dren Walk­ing Well Project, funded by the Aus­tralian Re­search Coun­cil.

The project will ex­plore the ef­fect of footwear on a child’s foot me­chan­ics and fac­tors in­flu­enc­ing footwear pur­chases.

Project leader Damien O’Meara said there was con­fu­sion about chil­dren’s footwear be­cause shoe com­pa­nies used mar­ket­ing terms, such as ‘arch sup­port’ or ‘mo­tion con­trol’, care­lessly.

Syd­ney-based pri­mary school chil­dren in grade one to six are be­ing sought for the study.

IM­PACT . . . a child learns how to do up his shoe laces

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