Are you searching for a pair of podiatrist-recommended running shoes for your child’s return to school?
As parents strive to equip their children with all they need for a successful academic year, one often overlooked aspect is the importance of proper footwear.
Whether your child is hitting the cross-country track or simply running around the playground, having well-fitted and supportive running shoes is essential for preventing potential foot problems.
We interviewed North West Physio Everton Park podiatrist, Natalie, to share her essential advice for shoe-shopping parents. Find out what you need to know from when to replace old school shoes to when to consult a podiatrist.
Natalie offers her expert perspective on the key elements to consider when selecting running shoes recommended by podiatrists, ensuring that your child’s new school shoes are supportive whilst promoting good foot health.
Podiatrist recommended shoes Australia: kids running shoes for school
Why is it important for kids to have the right running shoes for back to school?
Having the right running shoes for back-to-school ensures children’s feet are correctly supported and helps them be physically active.
Can wearing old or worn-out shoes affect a child’s running style?
Yes, material can begin to fatigue and wear out, this can then have a negative influence on your child’s foot position and running technique
How can I tell if my child has outgrown their current running shoes?
If they have less than a finger width of space from the end of the shoe, it’s probably time to buy a new pair.
What are some important factors to consider when choosing running shoes for kids, and are there specific running shoes better suited for children?
For children over the age of 4, you should look for shoes with a good support base that isn’t completely flexible in the midsole region of shoes.
All reputable running shoe brands make good quality shoes, it will just come down to one’s own personal preference for comfort.
For more tips, check out the podiatrist’s tips for choosing the right school shoes.
How often should kids replace their running shoes as they grow?
Kids usually outgrow their shoes in 9-12 months, depending on their growth rate.
When should I consider getting my child fitted for new running shoes?
Usually, every 12 months is a good timeline to go off and ideally just as the preseason is starting, to prevent in-season issues with footwear such as blisters.
Can a Physiotherapist help with choosing the right running shoes for kids?
Yes, physiotherapists can help assist with shoes, but you may find more benefit in seeing a podiatrist and having a gait examination to get more in-depth feedback.
Still not sure? Read Should I see a Physiotherapist or Podiatrist?
Is there a podiatrist at North West Physio Everton Park?
Yes, we have a podiatrist at North West Physio Everton Park, and across all of our clinic locations.
How often should a physio/podiatrist re-evaluate children’s feet to ensure they wear the correct shoes?
Every 12 months is a good timeline if your child isn’t having any pain issues.
For more info on how a Podiatrist can help, read Kids Podiatry: 10 Things a Podiatrist Can Help With.
Podiatrist recommended shoes: how to choose back-to-school running shoes by North West Physio Everton Park
Take the first step towards healthier feet by applying these expert back-to-school tips and making an appointment with podiatrist Natalie at North West Physio Everton Park.