Foot Health Advice
Foot health for children
How can you keep your children's feet healthy?
Leading podiatrist Emma Supple shares her thoughts on little feet.
"The human foot is a biological masterpiece. It is complex, containing lots of bones, ligaments and tendons. It's an interesting fact that foot problems are among the most common things that cause us pain and discomfort.
Studies carried out in the UK show that at least three-quarters of the population experiences foot problems of some degree of seriousness at some time in their lives; therefore, it is easy to see why keeping your children's feet healthy for life is so very important.
Shoes play an important factor when it comes to our feet. Research has shown that most forefoot problems are not simply inherited, but actually develop in response to wearing poorly styled shoes. As a podiatrist, I always recommend that parents do not buy their child ill fitting and sloppy styles of shoes.
As a parent, it is important to always choose stable, properly fitted shoes or trainers of appropriate width, made with leather or canvas uppers. Shoes should also have soles with the right amount of flexibility (but only at the ball of the foot) with plenty of cushioning and room for your toes. Finally, don't forget that well fitting socks and tights are also important to avoid toes being scrunched up in the shoe."