Why is good quality footwear important for my child? Studies have shown that good quality footwear positively affects how children walk and run. It all starts from a young age with early intervention and proactive treatment. Did you know that many adult foot problems could be prevented in childhood? Good shoes don’t necessarily have to look like orthopaedic shoes. The range of styles these days in the world of school shoes can be quite varied. While the most typical school shoes can look the same on the outside, it’s actually the internal structure of the shoe that is most important. Orthopaedic shoes are definitely designed and manufactured differently.
On average, most children spend upward of 1,000 hours per year in their school shoes, making school shoes the most important footwear consideration for children.
The effects of ill-fitting shoes have been widely demonstrated and may present as either skin (blistering, pressure spots etc) or mechanical (toe-walking, in-toeing, toe deformities etc) concerns.
If you had to wear the same pair of shoes everyday and had to walk, run and jump on concrete and grass, how good would you expect your shoes to be?
We have found a range of shoes suitable for school aged kids. In particular, we have brands such as Skobi, Keen and Orthaheel.
Skobi have a range of school shoes that can cater for wide feet, narrow feet and even for children who have sensory perception disorder where every stitch and friction against their feet is irritating. Skobi is actually designed and founded by a Brisbane based paediatric Podiatrist.
Keen is another great shoe for kids with extremely wide feet. The toggle shoe lace and Velcro option for little preppies is just perfect for school.
Orthaheel school shoes are another brand designed like orthopaedic shoes for kids. Each pair actually comes with it’s own removable arch supportive insole, which can be adjusted by the podiatrist if your child needs a slightly lower or higher arch support.
We only get one chance with your child’s feet. Make sure that their feet are given the best possible chance to develop properly.