Buy­ing the right shoes for kids

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LONDON: Thou­sands of par­ents are caus­ing per­ma­nent dam­age to their chil­dren’s feet by putting them in in­ap­pro­pri­ate shoes, re­search sug­gests.

They are buy­ing high heels for girls as young as 6 years, young boys are wear­ing flip flops – and many moth­ers and fa­thers put off buy­ing new shoes even when chil­dren grow out of their cur­rent pair.

The Col­lege of Po­di­a­try rec­om­mends chil­dren un­der 11 should not reg­u­larly wear flip flops, bal­let pumps or plim­solls as they do not sup­port the foot.

And they should not wear shoes with heels higher

The wrong size or type of shoe could af­fect foot de­vel­op­ment

than 2cm be­cause they put too much pres­sure on the ball of the foot.

Yet polling by the col­lege re­vealed 29% of par­ents have bought chil­dren these types of shoes. And 40% had put off buy­ing a new pair – even if their child had com­plained of foot pain.

About 55% of chil­dren had suf­fered in­juries by wear­ing shoes which were ei­ther too small or un­suit­able.

Dr Ste­wart Mor­ri­son, a po­di­a­trist from the Col­lege of Po­di­a­try and the Univer­sity of Brighton, said: “Wear­ing the wrong size or type of shoe in the short-term causes blis­ters, rub­bing, bruis­ing and cal­louses, but in the long term it could af­fect foot de­vel­op­ment.” – Daily Mail

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