Being good parents, we worry about our children's teeth, eyes, and other parts of the body. We teach washing, brushing, and grooming, but what do we do about their feet, those still developing feet which have to carry the entire weight of the body for a lifetime.
When a child begins to walk, shoes are generally not necessary. Allowing an infant to go barefooted indoors helps the foot grow normally and develop normal strength and alignment.
As children grow more active, and their feet develop, the need for shoes becomes more apparent.
Orthopaedic shoes are shoes that support or accommodate the mechanics and structure of the foot, ankle and leg and are specifically designed to support or accommodate a particular medical condition. Many children require orthopaedic shoes because they were born with, developed or acquired abnormalities in the systems and structures of the foot and lower leg, such as children with cerebral palsy or acquired brain injury.
However, the great news is, that modern orthopaedic footwear is actually supportive and comfortable and can be worn by everyone, not only those with a medical condition. Orthopaedic footwear can help to promote the correct growth and development of your child's gait and posture, helping to keep them mobile, comfortable and pain free and ultimately happier and healthier.
Please consult with your child's therapist, podiatrist, pedorthist or doctor to see what kind of orthopaedic footwear is suitable for your child.
Or come and visit us in one of our clinics for a professional assessment and consultation (see Consultations page).