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Kids & feet – Part 1

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Written By

Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan
Philip Aumeer-Donovan

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Posted 1st February 2024

As featured in the Mulgoa Valley District Gazette

Kids generally do a lot of milage on their little feet. Here are some things to look out for to ensure problems don’t arise as they grow*.

Wearing out shoes quickly

Better quality shoes do tend to last longer, but it’s not always about the price! Look for a pair with reinforced toe box if your child tends to obliterate the toe area of their shoes. Wearing down one side of the shoe significantly more than the other can indicate that the child may need wedges or orthoses to support the feet better.

Not tying laces properly

Good shoes will only support the foot optimally if the laces are fastened properly. If your child is scuffing their shoes a lot, check the laces are tight as loose shoes are not only a trip hazard but will contribute to faster wearing of the shoes. Laces must also be tied firmly to prevent feet from slipping forwards and hitting the end of the shoe, which can cause trauma and encourage nails to ingrow. Keeping laces tied when putting shoes on will cause the back of the shoe to wear down faster and lose its support. It is important to get children into the good habit of untying shoelaces when removing shoes, and tying them firmly when putting them on.

Toe walking, in-toeing and out-toeing

If your child walks on their toes or has feet that are significantly turned in or out, they are likely not stretching certain muscles enough. A podiatrist can give you appropriate stretches to ensure it doesn’t start to cause further issues, which can extend into the knees and hips.

Poor sitting position

Some children like to sit in the “reverse W” position on the floor. This position is fine if balanced with regular cross-legged or legs forward sitting, but will likely be problematic to the hips and legs down the track if the child sits in this position for a majority of the time. Sitting in this position over-stretches the outside of the hips and encourages the muscles on the inside of the hips to tighten up, which could result in in-toeing.

 

* For general information only – a healthcare professional must be seen for tailored advice

If you have any questions, please give us a call, email us, or send us a message – we’ll be happy to chat with you to discuss your needs.

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Authors

Shaheen Aumeer-Donovan

Shaheen is our Practice Manager. She works hard behind the scenes to ensure that the clinics run smoothly, best practices are being followed, and the staff have everything they need to look after the Repairs Afoot family. While a stickler for the paperwork, she’s also a little quirky and loves using her creativity to find new ways to encourage people to look after their feet.

Philip Aumeer-Donovan

Philip is our esteemed Clinical Manager and resident foot-whisperer. He has over 21 years of experience as a podiatrist and has been mentoring new graduates in the profession for over 12 years. He hasn’t met a sore foot he didn’t want to treat, which is why he has strived to build a clinic that can help patients with any kind of foot issue, and is committed to continuing education to ensure he is up-to-date with any new developments that could be beneficial for his patients. It is also why he is believes strongly in sharing his knowledge with the wider community.