Jane Attard shares her reasons on why you should always visit a shoe shop and see a shoe-fitting expert to have your kids feet measured professionally. It really is worth it¦!
Looking after your feet should start early, after all, our feet will be carrying the weight of our bodies around for a long time to come. At present the over 60's in the Uk spend on average £30 k annually on podiatry. 70% of these foot problems are caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes or unsuitable footwear, often as children.
Recent findings by the Royal College of Podiatry found during a study of 2000 people:
¼ of kids in the UK are wearing shoes that can damage their feet
30% are in the wrong size shoes
55% of children have suffered blisters, bruising and callouses, as a result of poorly fitted footwear, in the long term this can affect foot development and cause foot problems as an adult.
This isn't surprising at all when 56% of parents have admitted to buying shoes for their children without having them measured first! Girls are at greater risk apparently as parents feel more pressured into buying fashionable shoes for girls. Come on girls, we don't to be hobbling around as adults! Ballet pumps by the way are not a suitable school shoe, as lovely as they look, they offer virtually no support at all for growing feet! Sorry girls!
At Hopscotch Shoe Boutique we take foot health really seriously and will never sell you a pair of shoes unless they fit you perfectly so here are a few tips to ensure your little ones feet are on the road to a happy and comfortable future:
- Encourage babies to stretch their feet and NEVER use a baby gro or socks that are too small. Make sure there is plenty of space for baby to move their toes.
- Between 10-18 months your baby will start to stand, encourage barefoot at home and when they start to totter around take them to a shoe shop where they can be professionally measured and fitted with the correct shoes for their feet.
- First shoes should be soft, flexible and the upper must be made from leather, synthetic materials do not allow the feet to breathe. The shoe should move with the foot.
- Between the ages of 1-3, have the feet measured every 8 weeks, as your child gets older, have them checked every 3-4 months.
- Children's feet grow on average 2 full sizes a year until they are 4 or 5, then they start to slow down.
- Check your children's feet regularly, a good time is at bath time, check for red marks, bruises or blisters, as children will rarely tell you if their feet are hurting or their shoes are uncomfortable.
NO TWO PAIRS OF FEET
NO TWO PAIRS OF SHOES AND
NO TWO FOOT GAUGES ARE THE SAME
IT TAKES AN EXPERT TO FIT SHOES CORRECTLY AND IT REALLY IS WORTH IT!
Jane Attard is the owner of Hopscotch Shoe Boutique in Molesey, specialising in Ladies and children's shoes from leading designer brands. Jane has many years experience in high level customer service, and at Hopscotch, offers a specialised fitting service, in a child friendly environment, seldom found in larger outlets.
All the staff at Hopscotch are fully trained in children's shoe fitting and pride themselves on the friendly service they offer. Children enjoy coming to Hopscotch for their shoes, and if they are happy so are their Mums and Dads.
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