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Children and footwear

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by RobinP, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

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    Dear All,

    I am looking for a little help researching a project on

    1. Footwear for children
    2. Footwear design

    I wouldn't normally ask but when I search for anything on Google related to podiatry arena, there are very few results(didn't used to be the case). Perhaps there is a way round this and I would be delighted if someone would enlighten me. I cannot find anything through the PA search tool - I am totally useless unless Google literally lays it on my lap

    Anyway, failing that, I wondering if anyone has any little stashes of information on the above topics

    What I am looking to discuss is:


    - Why it is important that (asymptomatic) children wear supportive footwear?
    - Is there any evidence to show that ill fitting footwear actually causes problems or is it just what we believe to be common sense?
    -Is there any evidence to show that children wearing footwear too early inhibts their neuromuscular development


    - Is there any science behind how shoe design has arrived at the "normal" shoe design (eg heel height, toe spring, last design etc)
    - Does wearing shoes inhibit the requirement for "normal" foot musculature. This gets dangerously close to barefoot running, i know and I know that design of shoe and requirement for purpose comes into it as well.

    As I said, if anyone can provide anything, even just links to threads that I already know have discussed these topics, but cannot find, I would be most grateful.

    Many thanks

  2. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Sorry I can`t throw any light on the subject matter, but I agree with the above. Which has also been highlighted by others recently....Is there anything that can be done to rectify this, Admin?
  3. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

  4. Craig:

    I have also noticed that Google no longer seems to recognize many of the old threads from PA when I have tried searching for them. A year ago, however, PA came up at the top of the Google results. Am I doing something wrong using Google when I search for old PA threads?

    For example, when I typed into google:

    medial heel skive: podiatry arena

    an actual thread from PA was number 41 on the list of threads, wheras, before, it would come up as #1 or #2.

    Is there any way to fix this so all those useful threads that we have spent time contributing to can be more easily accessed??

    By the way, hope you are enjoying your vacation.:drinks
  5. WooHoo!!

    I just found out how to bring old Podiatry Arena threads to the top of the list in Google (Craig, go back to your vacation).

    Here's how I found all the threads on medial heel skive on Podiatry Arena:

    medial heel skive, site:www.podiatry-arena.com

    Try this on children's footwear in Google and see if it produces better results.
  6. Here is what Google produced when I typed in the following:

    Children's footwear, site:www.podiatry-arena.com

    Problem solved!!

  7. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    Robin some of what you seek are not in science but in economics, the answers to "some" of your question as to design is often solely based on economics.

    For example, up until the 50's - 60's the vamp and tongue were two separate items as the cost of leather was the over whelming restraint, then as labor cost went up, they then out weighed leather costs, the vamp and tongue became one piece.

    Using more leather but less labor, 1 less piece to count, click, line, skive and machine.

    Now with product made in developing countries and again the material cost out weighing labor costs we have returned to multiple piece uppers, because we have gone so far into the multiple piece uppers, this has also reduced cost of machinery for the lasting process.

    Some design features are just because we can with the development on new technologies, e.g New balance just released a range of runners with no stitching to hold the multiple component uppers together.

    The lose of the "Shank" as a component in many products is both cost and an advancement in technology as we can mold multiple density materials in a sole, more rigid materials in the midfoot, whilst other brands have left it out thinking its better for you and others again just to keep the cost down.
  8. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Nice one, Kevin :drinks

    Look what else Google threw up;


    Disco Felon

  9. Awesome, Bel!! I'm glad to see that I am not becoming senile after all.

    By the way, enjoyed catching up with you in Zaragoza. Hope you enjoyed the seminar....and the squid ink!
  10. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    Brilliant, thanks guys. Really appreciate that.


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