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A new school year is starting soon and so is that tradition of getting the new school shoes for the year.

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As the feet of children are still growing, they are malleable which means that getting the fit of shoes wrong can result the potential of affecting the normal development of the foot and lead to problems later in life. The role of the shoe is to protect your child’s feet and ensure that normal development can happen. This is even more important for school shoes, since your child spends so much time in them. To ensure that their shoes do fit properly, make sure you have your children’s feet measured regularly for length and width each time you buy shoes.

Specifically, the toe area of the shoe should allow your child’s toes to move freely about and not be squashed from the top or the sides by the shoes. Make sure there is around 1cm growing room between the end of the child’s longest toe and the top end of their shoe. The shoe should fit comfortably around the back of the heel as well and be too loose or too tight.

Going to a specialty footwear retailer to have shoes fitted by a store that offers trained assistants can also help ensure that your child gets the correct size and shape of shoe.

When should you seek advice from a podiatrist?

A podiatrist can help ensure your child’s school shoes are fitted correctly. An evaluation by a podiatrist is also recommended if you notice changes happening, such as uneven shoe wear on the heels or if there is pain in your child’s feet. You should also consider getting the help of a podiatrist if you notice your child walks on their tip toes, or their walk does not look the same on both feet and legs; or if you have any other general concerns about your child’s foot health.

Short answer: with difficulty.

Ballet flats are a particular shoe design inspired by the shoes used by ballet dancers. By design these shoes are very minimalist. They do very little to the foot except cover it and come in a wide range of attractive designs. They also tend to be very snug fitting to help them stay on the foot. There is nothing inherently wrong with these types of shoes provided that are fitted properly and are of the right size for the user.

The issue with these minimalist types of footwear is if there is a foot problem that needs some sort of arch support, even on a temporary basis. The main sorts of problems that this might be needed are especially if you are on your feet all day and the feet and legs get very tired. Due to the minimalist nature of the design and the typically snug fit of the footwear, there is not going to be a lot of room in the shoes to do much. Clinically, choices or options can be limited if you spend most of your time in this type of footwear. There is simply no way that a typical foot orthotic is going to fit into these types of shoe. Sometimes a cut down foot orthotic might be able to fit in the shoe. Other times the problem can be managed by changing to a different type of footwear that foot orthotics can easily be used in for a period of time until the problem gets better. It is always best to see a podiatrist and discuss the options that you have if you really do need some sort of support and if it can be accommodated in your ballet flats style footwear.

Arch Support in Ballet Flats

There are a very limited number of ballet flats on the market that do have arch support type designs built into them. However, they are hard to find and may not be suitable for you. There are the instant arches types of self adhesive pads that can be stuck in the shoe to give some sort of support and this is often a good compromise if that is what is needed to deal with your problem. We do use them from time to time when there is no other more suitable workaround to getting support into a ballet flat type of shoe.

Long answer: it can be done, but there has to be compromises made.

Running shoes are probably the most important piece of ‘kit’ that a runner has. Running shoes can also be expensive and if you are not using the right running shoes, this may increase the risk for an injury and may affect performance. Running shoes can ‘wear out’ and need replacing.

How often should a running shoe be replaced?

There is no hard and fast rule to answer that question. Some runners wear out there shoes a lot quicker than others. You do often see advice that they should be replaced every 350-500 miles or 550-800 kilometers, but that is not based on any actual evidence, but still could be a good guide.

Probably the best way to know when a running shoe should be replaced is to listen to your body. How do the shoes feel? Are they starting to interfere with the way you are running? Do you feel like an injury might be starting? Above all, use your common sense.

When you get your new running shoes

As running shoes wear out, there are going to be very subtle changes in the way that you run. They will be so subtle that you probably will not necessarily notice them, but your body will adapt and be used to those changes. When you get your new pair of shoes, there can be a problem as you will suddenly be changing that way you were running in the older worn out shoes. This can cause an injury if you are not careful. You should only do a few shorter runs in the new shoes initially to allow your body to adapt to the new shoes before using them for most of your runs.

If you have some questions about running shoes

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Craig has had a lot of experience with running shoes and has recently completed the New York Marathon.

We have been stocking the Archies Arch Support Thongs in Melbourne from the very beginning. We were one of the early adopters. They are selling like ‘hotcakes’ and walk themselves out the door. With spring here and summer around the corner, how about coming in and getting a pair. We recently had a run of ladies who were pregnant buy them and raved about them. Some are coming in to buy them before heading to Bali for a holiday. Everyone seems to have a reason for wanting a pair. Even our office manager called them “life changing”! Runners and other athletes are finding then great for recovery after a hard worksout. No one seems to be disappointed in these.

What are the Archies Arch Support Thongs?

What is special about these is that they have an arch support built into them. If you need to wear foot orthotics or something simiar, than wearing thongs for an extended period of time can be difficult, so these are a good option when the weather is warmer or you prefer to use this type of footwear. Those who do not need foot orthotics just like the comfort that the arch support feature of these thongs – they just like wearing them. Some of these users of the Archies Thongs say things that they are less tired at the end of the day.

The Archies come in a varity of sizes and colours.

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Archies thongs design features:

Features and benefits:

  • The Arch Support – Archies Arch Support Thongs have a similar amount of support as most off the shelf orthotics. This may help to support the foot and improve foot posture, thereby potentially reducing the strain on your feet and lower limbs.
  • Comfortable! – The orthotic / arch support found in Archies Thongs combines with a super soft, highly resilient foam to provide an unbelievably comfortable feel, irrespective of whether or not you wear orthotics or have issues with your feet making them the perfect thong to wear when out walking or as a slipper in and around the house.
  • Lightweight – The highly specialised foam material found in Archies Thongs is ultralight in comparison to other orthopaedic thongs which may result in less tired and achy feet at the end of the day, making them the perfect thong when travelling!
  • The Strap is Tight – In thongs with a loose strap, your toes claw down and you do not get the protective support from the arch like you are supposed to. The tighter strap in Archies Thongs may help to reduce toe clawing allowing you to walk more naturally.
  • Construction is one piece – As the thongs are all moulded as one you are far less likely to break the toe pole as you are in thongs with a base and plug configuration.

Croydon Total Footcare have other recommended footwear brands, so come in and see them.