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Why don't childrens shoes fit?

Discussion in 'Pediatrics' started by NewsBot, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. NewsBot

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  2. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    i see more children (under the age of 10) with ill fitting shoes as they are too big.. Too small is seldom a problem.

    i have also seen about a (I'm estimating here) 40 % rise in teenagers referred to my clinic that I would have said are solely due to wearing dolly shoes/plimsoles. The very flat sole seems to be causing a lot of symptoms associated with increased plantar fascia tension and dorsiflexion stiffness at the 1st MPJ. Often, by the time they return for fitting of their orthoses, and I have given them a good deal of advice on better footwear, symptoms are largely resoloved.

    The parents look at me like I'm a moron when I suggest that these flat shoes, they are very proud of their precious little ones for wearing, might actually be causing the problems and that "they could do with a bit of a heel"

    I'm going to open myself up to a bit of criticism here, but I'm not sure that having your child's feet measured in Clarks/Startrite and their ilk is really that important. I can't beleive that most parents are not capable of looking at shoe and putting it on their childs foot then assessing whether it seems a bit big or a bit small. If parents I see cannot afford to go to one of these shops, I tell them to go to TKMaxx/Shoe Zone or somewhere similar and look for shoes that have removeable inlays. Explain to them how to gauge shoe fit and then tell them to err on the side of being a little big. Never had any problems

    I've seen plenty of mums argueing with me about shoe fit because "the girl at Clarks measured them just yesterday and said he needs this half size bigger" Oh......OK....well I'd better buy another pair because imagine the guilt if I caused my child some problems. It's just a marketing steam roller in my opinion.

    I'll get off my soap box now

    Robin
     
  3. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    Any measuring device should not be relied on solely, excuse the pun, they are only a guide at best, as they do not take into consideration the full 3D shape of the foot, nor the changing last sizes from brand to brand, style to style or heel pitch to heel pitch.

    l am seeing this with adult shoes now, where some are told the measuring device is all you need and follow blindly and should know better:hammer: some women should go into mens fittings for example

    Robin, difference from 1/2 a size, 3.2mm longer and 1.2mm wider


    God bless Kmart l say, where mums fit there own children in shoes that are too big, l mean there was the Coco pops( a breakfast serial) that said in an advert,
    "All good mums know that a school shoes should be fitted one size too big":bash:
     
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