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Back To School – Tips for School Shoes

Back To School – Tips for School Shoes

Kids spend a lot of time in their school shoes, so it’s important to get the correct shoe and have it properly fitted. Here are some tips to help you get the best for your child.


  • Back To School - Tips for School ShoesShoes should be fitted correctly. Getting a bigger size so that there is some “growing room” is a bad idea, and in any case will cause the shoe to wear out quicker, as well as being less comfortable.
  • Get both feet measured as sometimes one foot is bigger than the other. If this is the case, get shoes that fit the larger foot.
  • Make sure the feet are measured for width as well as length. A shoe that is too narrow will be uncomfortable and can injure the feet.
  • Get measured for shoes at the end of the day as feet swell slightly during the day, and so will be at their biggest in the afternoon.
  • On average, childrens feet grow about one size per year, and will be at adult size by around 13-14 years of age. This is a guideline only, and kids can have growth spurts at any time.

Design & Fitting

  • Kids School Shoes

    The sole should not twist from side to side.
  • The sole should bend at the ball of the foot to enable walking and running.
  • The area surrounding the heel (the heel counter) should be firm to support the heel.
  • The heel should fit snugly into the back of the shoe, and be held there by straps/laces etc. It should not slip forward in the shoe.
  • There should be a child’s thumb width between the front of the shoe and the longest toe (which may not be the big toe).
  • The shoe should feel stable and with good cushioning.
  • A lighter shoe is better than a heavier one as long as it is of good quality.
  • You shouldn’t need to wear the shoe in. If it is not comfortable (for both feet) in the shop, then do not buy it.
  • Different brands and styles suit different feet. Take advice from your shoe fitter.


  • You do not need to go overboard and spend a fortune on shoes. There are a few well known brands that provide quality for a reasonable price.
  • Sometimes spending a bit more on better quality shoes will save you money in the long term, as they will last longer.

Pain? Problems?

  • It is not normal for children to have regular pain in their feet, legs, knees, hips or back when doing normal activities and sport.
  • If your child reports pain, then get one of our podiatrists to check them out.
  • Untreated foot and leg problems in children can become lifelong problems if left untreated.
Happy shopping!
5 reasons why you should consider the Perth Foot & Ankle Clinic for orthotics

5 reasons why you should consider the Perth Foot & Ankle Clinic for orthotics

Customised orthotics (also known as orthoses) are used to treat a variety of foot and leg problems, as well as being used to optimise function in the athlete. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider The Perth Foot & Ankle Clinic for orthotics.

1. Individualised care

Perth Custom Made Podiatrist OrthoticsCustom orthotics are tailor made to fit your recovery or other goals, so whether you just want to be rid of pain, or are trying to improve in your sport, we can work with your individual needs.

2. Professional assessment

We keep up with developments in the field, and have the best tools and techniques in order to assess your needs.

3. State of the art equipment

Perth Foot OrthoticsWe use the latest equipment, like our Bodytech gait analysis treadmill. We also use optical scanners to obtain accurrate models of your feet. We can assess your gait, muscle function, balance, posture and more.

4. Choice of orthotic design

Orthoses are not one size fits all. We use more than one orthotic laboratory, and this means we can produce a great variety of orthotic designs and materials to get the best solution.

5. Follow up care

We follow up all our orthotic patients in order to make sure everything is going as it should be. Sometimes we tweak them to get better results. Often, orthotic therapy is part of a bigger treatment plan, and we may offer additional, adjunctive treatments to help get the best results. Examples include stretching and exercise regimes, mobilisations, trigger point therapy and laser therapy. Our goal is to fix your current problems and work with you into the future to keep you at your best.

See us today for prompt, professional, customised orthotic care at the Perth Foot & Ankle Clinic.

Pros and Cons of Custom Orthotics versus Off-The-Shelf Orthotics

Pros and Cons of Custom Orthotics versus Off-The-Shelf Orthotics

There are many reasons your podiatrist will recommend extra support for your feet.  A few common reasons include management of foot pain, balancing high-pressure areas, supporting feet that roll excessively inwards (pronating) or outwards (supinating).

Shoes OrthoticsThere are two choices when deciding on the type of orthotic to fit

  • Custom orthotics (prescribed and fitted by your podiatrist)
  • Inserts that are pre-made (also known as off-the-shelf orthotics)

Off-the-shelf orthotics are usually matched to your shoe size and then trimmed to fit. They offer a generic arch profile and offer heel support.  They come in a variety of materials, are relatively low cost and easily available. You can expect them to last around 6-12 months depending on the quality of materials used. They can be beneficial when you have a ‘classic’ foot shape, with symmetry between both feet and no major biomechanical concerns.

Custom orthotics are individualized and made to your feet and shoes. They can incorporate specific support and control features that are not included in off-the-shelf orthotics. Your podiatrist will measure and prescribe your orthotics, which are then made by an orthotic laboratory. Different shoes can require a unique fitting, such as boots, dress shoes, sneakers, football boots, heels and even ice skates! With a variety of material choices your individual needs and biomechanical factors can be addressed. Due to the uniqueness of these orthotics, the process is usually takes 1-2 weeks and the cost is greater than off-the-shelf. On average they provide longer foot health benefits (some are over 5 years old!).

Perth Foot Orthotics

It is best to speak with your podiatrist when deciding on which option is best for your feet and overall wellbeing.

For further reading:

5 reasons why you should consider the Perth Foot & Ankle Clinic for orthotics

How Orthoses Help Treat Your Foot Problems