6 Tips to Make Buying School Shoes Easier in 2021

6 Tips to Make Buying School Shoes Easier in 2021

6 Tips to Make Buying School Shoes Easier in 2021

These are 6 Essential Tips and Hacks for parents buying school shoes for the year ahead in 2021

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What are the 6 tips to make Buying School Shoes easier in 2021? This post is designed to take some of the pain away from buying school shoes, making it easier to get your kids quickly and comfortably into school shoes that will be healthy for them throughout the year.

It’s that time of year, where are you are not only juggling an increasingly feisty group of kids who are startlingly becoming bored of the magical iPad that has worked so well for so long through the holiday period! To add to this feast of feistiness from bored kids, you now need to manage to get them ready to head back to school and in particular, buying new school shoes that many of them may not even like! Gawd!!!

At times, the process of selecting and choosing an awesome shoe can feel a lot like a chore. And at other times it can become a little overwhelming. Never fear, Dr Brenden, our principal podiatrist, has some helpful tips and hacks to make you look like a pro while removing some of the pain. Let’s go!

Dr Brenden’s Podiatry Tips -  Things to consider when buying school shoes

Have a Plan - Get in and get out quickly is my advice

Have a Plan - Get in and get out quickly is my advice

1. Have a Plan

Now is the time to make decisions, contrary to popular belief the time is not when you walk through the shoe shop doors. Having a plan and knowing what you are looking for will reduce the arguments. It will also help with any difficulties you may have with your child in the shop whilst having to juggle them and with the added distraction of oodles of other people, kids arguing with their parentals.

Get in and get out quickly is my advice. Know what you want before you go and come out looking like a sage to the other parents climbing the wall!

2. Choose before you go!

Your kids are more than capable of finding inappropriate content on the net, so their net surfing skills are most likely better than yours. Why not put this to good use and get them choosing or suggesting some shoes they may like to wear. Yes, give them boundaries tell them what they should look like, tell them the features they will need to have.

  • Do they need to be leather?
  • Do they need to have laces?
  • Do they need to look like a traditional school shoe or a runner?

3. Get your kids involved!

Asking your kids to get involved in their shoe selection helps with buy-in and empowers them in the choices that are about to be made. The more your kids feel like they were involved and had input, the more they are likely to wear them, and there is a good part of your battle won!

4. Know what your kids need

Check if that’s shoes is right for them - is it good for wide or narrow feet? Junior or senior kids? Active or inactive kids?

Kids are not all the same, and nor are school shoes. Over many years the selection of shoes has grown. With this, the uniform policies of many schools have been relaxed. The days of Batta Scouts or Clark’s as your only choice are gone.

With this in mind, school shoe retailers have expanded the tools available to make it easier to make a choice for the year ahead. Hit the net, and you’ll find some pretty fancy shoe selectors designed to help you make more educated choices for your kids. These not only address considerations like width and size. But also, is your child likely to be active? Or a book worm? Are they in junior or senior school? Laces or Velcro? And the list goes on.

Like the tip above if you want to avoid confusion, argument and long lines at retail outlets NOW is the time to start looking at this. Not with your kids sitting in the retailer staring at a phone while you try to garner answers from them.

Ascent, who is an Australian footwear brand, has a great example of an online selector here www.ascentfootwear.com.au/school

5. Try shoe size estimators online

Click to Download the Athlete's Foot Sizing Chart

Click to Download the Athlete's Foot Sizing Chart

I readily acknowledge that I’m not overly comfortable spending more time than necessary in retail outlets in the current climate. This leads me to suggest that rather than waiting until you get to the retailer, it is worth using the available online tools to help get a better guide of your child’s new shoe size.

As described in earlier tips, there is an emerging amount of resources available for parents online. There are quite good systems that you can use at home by simply printing out a scalable image and taking specific measurements, and you can fairly accurately estimate both the size you should be looking for and the width that is best for your child. I really liked this one here  theathletesfoot.com.au/media/wysiwyg/Kids_Size_Fitting_Chart_A4.pdf

6. Have a virtual Fit session!

While some retailers have simply increased the tools online that help you choose the size, others have gone the extra mile and now offer virtual shoe fitting sessions. These are sessions where you can have a real live person discuss with you what you’re looking for and help you measure your child or online in the safety or comfort of your own home.

Most of these require pre-booking, and as you can imagine they are booking out recently quickly because of their ease and accessibility.

This one by shoes and Sox looks great  www.shoesandsox.com.au.

There is quite a bit to online shoe-fitting, so I’ve quickly prepared another blog with much more detail around these so check it out here.

Summing up the 6 tips to make buying school shoes easier in 2021!

Dr Brenden Brown - Podiatrist in Western Sydney

Brenden is one of Australia’s leading experts in foot ankle and lower limb problems

Preparation is the key, not only will it save you time there is a really good chance that if you decide to take this opportunity to get your kids involved, they will have more buy-in and actually want to wear what you buy them. No, there are no promises, but there may even be fewer fights!

There is a wonderful amount of tools that have become available in the last 12 months. These tools will help take some of the pain out of the process. For some people, that may mean you don’t even have to set foot in a brick and mortar retailer.

By Dr Brenden Brown,  Podiatrist Sydney

Brenden (BB) is the past President of the Australian Podiatry Association, has featured widely on television and in the media. He is an expert in his field, chatting about foot conditions on a regular talkback segment on Sydney radio. His mum is very proud!

He’s the founder of, and a clinician, at A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Care in Western Sydney.

 

FREE Growing Pain Report by Dr Brenden Brown

Is it really growing pains?

 

7 simple signs every parent should know!

Are you worried about pain in your child feet? Not sure whats normal and whats not? Try accessing Dr Brenden’s helpful report on the “Growing pains - 7 simple signs every parent should know!” As a recognised expert in lower limb health with over 20 years’ experience, A past advisor for Clarks Kids footwear and lecturer on growing pains. Dr Brenden outlines what every Parent should know about Growing Pains and gives you fast ways to identify the “what and when” you need to know!

Shameless Plug or where to get real help!

Need help? Need another opinion? Just want to get this sorted? Great, we'd love to help you 😊 You can start by calling our wonderfully helpful team on 9673 2987. They are all parents and will be able to help answer questions and guide you in the right direction.

Another option is to use our call back service, pop your details in the very short form and we will call YOU back on a number and times that suits YOU best. 😊

Run – Walk – PLAY with a big smile is the name of the game!

Run – Walk – PLAY with a big smile is the name of the game!

Run - Walk - PLAY

with a big smile is the name of the game!

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Run-Walk-PLAY Tibialis posterior pain can be often misdiagnosed

Run - Walk - PLAY with a big smile is the name of the game! That's exactly what Kyra can do now! Thanks to a correct diagnosis of her Tibialis posterior pain.

Did you know that there is a really powerful muscle that runs down the inside of your lower leg called the Tibialis posterior! The muscle helps control your arch, and it helps roll your foot back out, Giving you an arch.

A Tibialis posterior can become really sore and tired if it becomes overused. Often the pain is in your arch or just under your inside ankle bone. People with this problem who walk a little more than usual, spend longer on their feet, perhaps play sport may find that this area becomes very sore.

This is what lead Kyra's parents to bring her along to visit us. She had six months with pain in her feet, legs ankles. Her parents had tried several things before visiting us. A month into care with awesome orthotics and Kyra has NO more PAIN in her feet.

Her orthotics work by balancing her foot posture so that her arch is the right spot at the right time when walking + running. The Tibialis muscle then doesn't need to do as much work!

She is LOVING HER new orthotics and comfortable in them. She happily runs walks and plays sport in them.

Pain like this is widespread and is often misdiagnosed as things like growing pains. Frequently parents are told that there is nothing they can do. We are here to tell you that's not the case!

If you'd like help the first step is to call our helpful front desk team, they can run through what's been going on for you and what you have tried so far. They can then work out what type of appointment is best for you and the costs. They can then look at reserving your appointment time.

Our number is 02 9673 2987 we would love to be able to help!

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Orthotics Helped with Kyra's Tibialis posterior pain

FREE Growing Pain Report by Dr Brenden Brown

Is it really growing pains?

 

7 simple signs every parent should know!

Are you worried about pain in your child feet? Not sure whats normal and whats not? Try accessing Dr Brenden’s helpful report on the “Growing pains - 7 simple signs every parent should know!” As a recognised expert in lower limb health with over 20 years’ experience, A past advisor for Clarks Kids footwear and lecturer on growing pains. Dr Brenden outlines what every Parent should know about Growing Pains and gives you fast ways to identify the “what and when” you need to know!

Shameless Plug or where to get real help!

Need help? Need another opinion? Just want to get this sorted? Great, we'd love to help you 😊 You can start by calling our wonderfully helpful team on 9673 2987. They are all parents and will be able to help answer questions and guide you in the right direction.

Another option is to use our call back service, pop your details in the very short form and we will call YOU back on a number and times that suits YOU best. 😊

Why you’re not getting better and what you can do about it

Why you’re not getting better and what you can do about it

Why you’re not getting better

and what you can do about it - Its you not me

Why You're Not Getting Better and what you can do about it

Why You're Not Getting Better and what you can do about it

Have you ever wondered why you're not getting better after seeing a therapist, and what you can do about it?  Dr Brenden Brown, the Leading Podiatrist at A Step Ahead Foot and Ankle Care, Penrith, explains that it could be you, not the therapist.

It's Father's Day. I love my dad, and I'm sitting in the entertainment area of my childhood home after cooking my dad his Father's Day breakfast. My brothers are here with their children as well, and we are discussing my parents impending trip to Europe, but more concerning in the discussion is the Back Pain that has my Mum currently in a wheelchair.

Mum has been to see a therapist. She's been given exercises and a treatment plan that she needs to undertake. My dad says, "Oh well. I think from here it's all up to Peter." I look at him, and I ask, "Who is Peter." My dad replies, "Your Mum's therapist. It's up to him whether or not your Mum will get to Europe. Let's hope he can get her better in time."  Pardon?

My head twirled, my eyes roll, and I'm quite sure I probably became the colour of an orange. I reply with all the love I can muster,  "This has very little to do with Peter and a whole stack to do with Mum."

That's right; It's not Peter's responsibility to get my Mum better! Peter has developed a treatment plan, and the biggest participant in that plan is Mum. Peter can show her what to do, tell her when to do it, but in the end, who is the person that is responsible - MUM!

I have no idea who Peter is as I've never met the guy. Still, I know from experience that this is a common expectation of patients that somehow it is the practitioners' responsibility to get patients better. I've got to tell you that while Peter and I have our patients’ best interest in mind and as therapists work hard to help out our patients reach their goals. I think there is very little further from the truth than it's "up to us" to get patients better. Dad... Mum... listening?

If I were to make a list of the most common reason that I see for people not getting better, at least half would be the laid at the feet of the patient themselves. Yes, I know this is a bitter pill to swallow if you are a patient and reading this blog is not going to make me at all popular, but them's the breaks, so to speak.

So what is the on "The list":

  • Not following your treatment plan - broadly speaking
  • Not completing your exercise program as instructed
  • Not Completing exercises as often as required
  • Not wearing the footwear your practitioner suggests
  • Picking and choosing the best bits of your treatment plan
  • Holding your practitioner responsible for your success

Now, of course, other reasons can contribute to your lack of recovery and yes, at times they relate to therapy or perhaps the diagnosis. Yes, practitioners get it wrong but so do patients! As humans, we seem pretty programmed to point the finger at others than recognize that we may be a contributor to our problems.

If you find following your therapist's instructions difficult, let them know, SPEAK UP! Sometimes 13 different stretches in a day is too much. But equally, if they tell you that you need to do this to get better, you've two choices - 1. Get to it or 2. Get a second opinion. But that's it! Choosing not to follow the plan and then blame a therapist for your lack of progress is like not taking your medication the doctor prescribes and returning to them complaining that you're not getting any better.

Why you’re not getting better - Its not ME its YOU

To the therapist who is reading this: Stop being walked over! If your patient isn't following their plan and you know it or they are negotiating not completing vital parts of the program, fricken speak up! Tell them straight! You are in no way helping either of you by following that course. The patient doesn't improve, you look stupid and incapable, and that is a lose-lose for you all! That patient will see someone else and will bad mouth you to their friends, loved ones and the next therapist they see! I know because they see me!

Why You're Not Getting Better - Its not me its you

Why You're Not Getting Better - Its not me its you

Well, after my head stopped twirling like the cast of the Exorcist, I had to make sure my Mum had a clear understanding that Europe was not only physically thousands of kilometres away, but the same distance metaphorically. Unless she stuck to HER part of HER treatment plan, she was not going anywhere.

The result? My Mum is, as I write, jumping on and off buses in Europe enjoying her holiday!

ABOUT DR BRENDEN BROWN

Dr Brenden Brown, Podiatrist & Shendi Brown

Dr Brenden Brown, Podiatrist & Shendi Brown

Founder of A Step Ahead Foot + Ankle Care in Sydney, and former president of the Australasian Podiatry Council, Dr Brenden Brown (A.K.A Dr Foot) is a wealth of knowledge on how to take care of your feet, including how to find the best shoes.

Follow him on social media:
 instagram.com/askdrfoot
 facebook.com/podiatristsydney
 twitter.com/AStepAheadFAC

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Free Report “10 things to know before choosing a Podiatrist”

Choosing your Sydney foot doctor is an important decision and can mean the difference between getting mediocre results and living pain-free. Learn about the top 10 things you should know when choosing your podiatrist in St Marys or Penrith.

Shameless Plug or where to get real help!

Need help? Need another opinion? Just want to get this sorted? Great, we'd love to help you 😊 You can start by calling our wonderfully helpful team on 9673 2987. They are all parents and will be able to help answer questions and guide you in the right direction.

Another option is to use our call back service, pop your details in the very short form and we will call YOU back on a number and times that suits YOU best. 😊

Growing Pains and Questions Parents Should Ask

Growing Pains and Questions Parents Should Ask

Growing Pains and Questions Parents Should Ask

Growing Pains and Questions Parents Should Ask

Growing Pains and Questions Parents Should Ask. Will they grow out of it? Are Growing Pains Real?

"Growing pains" is a common description but is it really a diagnosis? Let's talk about a few questions parents can ponder, that may help you decide

"Growing pains" is often a description used for kids who get pain in their feet ankles or legs.

Many times this pain can become so horrible that the pain can wake kids at night. Parents often describe their children waking in tears.

At other times parents report foot ankle or leg pain when their child has been active, sometimes during or shortly after the activity. But at other times it can be the next day or even the day after that! Now that can be super confusing. This leads to confusion, so you ...

Head to "the Doctor"

It's the internet age, so parents pretty soon head to Dr google and seek results. Boom you're in an information storm. With suggestions from adding magnesium to your kid's diet to your kid should try barefoot running while chanting positive affirmations.

Then you head to your local health professional, and many times it can be just as frustrating. You're told by this well-meaning health practitioner that all is ok and that it's simply "Growing Pains" hmmmm and that they will simply "Grow out of it."

Now, most parents are pretty clever, and they leave the office of their humble health practitioner a little confused and some frustrated.

With this in mind, we thought it might be worth prepping you with some questions you can ask your health practitioner. Ask these if you're not sure it is merely magical "Growing pains."

Q. Is it possible that the pain is from your kid's muscles not working well?  

Is the pain from muscles that are having to overwork to compensate for other underworking structures?

Pain mostly comes from muscles overworking. This is often a result of other muscles no longer doing their job or structures in a body, not doing what they are designed to do. Kids are no different! Look for structures that are not working and why these muscles are having to overwork.

Q. Is the pain like other muscle pain people get that occurs because something is out of alignment?

If not, why not? Why wouldn't kids get this? This is something that has been observed in both adults and children for centuries. It's commonly understood in medicine across the world. Why would it be any different in your child?

Q. How is it that pain from Growing is associated with my child being active?

Why is it that pain from growing happens when my child plays soccer or goes for long walks?

It seems quite strange that active kids suddenly have growth spurts really close to their activity. These growth spurts somehow caused pain? Does it seem Logical to you? No, it doesn't seem logical to us either.

Q. If pain from simply "growing" why don't all kids get it?

All kids grow, right? Yup, we are pretty confident that they do! So it stands to reason that If the pain is simply from your kid's body "Growing" all kids should get the same pain as a result. But hang on, not all kids do. Do you see a pattern yet?

Q. If the pain is from "growing", why is the pain almost universally only localised in feet ankles and legs?

Do kids shoulders, arms, spines, heads not grow? Of course they do yet no pain there!

Q.How much does a kid have to "grow" for the pain to develop as a result?

When bones grow, they grow less than a millimetre a day. Try grabbing your finger and pulling it outwards. Are you in excruciating pain? NO! Hang on?? You've just stretched your tendon far more than 1 mm! How is it that you're not in pain? If growing less than a millimetre causes children to wake in unbearable pain?

Answers we all need answers!

These are all questions we encourage parents to ask themselves when considering or being told by well-meaning health practitioners that the pain their child is suffering is simply from them growing.

Hey, parents a quick tip. When your practitioner tells you "they'll grow out of it" It's ok to ask that practitioner for their mobile phone number so you can call them and then they can comfort and calm your child when they are complaining or worse crying late in the evening or waking you around 1:30 am due to pain. Kids at 1:30 am get way better when you tell them that "they will just grow out of it."  

However, if this doesn't work and you'd like some more practical information on this Dr Brenden our principal Podiatrist has written a short ebook on kids growing pains. We will provide a link below if you would like to download this. (Yes this is a shameless plug)

Here is the link to the ebook! 

In our belief, kids should not have pain! Pain in the kids after activity -  IS NOT NORMAL!

Part of growing up should be running jumping, scrapping your knee once or twice and at times getting ridiculously dirty! But the most crucial part is that kids should be able to be active without pain!

FREE Growing Pain Report by Dr Brenden Brown

Is it really growing pains?

 

7 simple signs every parent should know!

Are you worried about pain in your child feet? Not sure whats normal and whats not? Try accessing Dr Brenden’s helpful report on the “Growing pains - 7 simple signs every parent should know!” As a recognised expert in lower limb health with over 20 years’ experience, A past advisor for Clarks Kids footwear and lecturer on growing pains. Dr Brenden outlines what every Parent should know about Growing Pains and gives you fast ways to identify the “what and when” you need to know!

Shameless Plug or where to get real help!

Need help? Need another opinion? Just want to get this sorted? Great, we'd love to help you 😊 You can start by calling our wonderfully helpful team on 9673 2987. They are all parents and will be able to help answer questions and guide you in the right direction.

Another option is to use our call back service, pop your details in the very short form and we will call YOU back on a number and times that suits YOU best. 😊

Kids come in all shapes and sizes and so do their feet!

Kids come in all shapes and sizes and so do their feet!

Kid’s come in all shapes and sizes and so do their feet!

Kid’s come in all shapes and sizes and so do their feet!

Kid’s come in all shapes and sizes and so do their feet! It stands to reason that not all kids' foot pain is a result of “growing pains

Kids with foot pain may have that for a number of different reasons, some maybe postural, some from activity or poor footwear choices or some from Muscle imbalances.

There are also there for a number of options for kids with foot pain. Kids with foot pain are often told they need to wait to “grow out of it” this is not the case, and, in our experience, there are numerous therapies that can help kids get back to happy healthy and active quickly and importantly pain free!

Our team would love to help. Call 96732987 for appointments and more info. Or click the links below.

If you haven't booked your appointment time for your gap-free heel pain assessment yet, please call our friendly reception team on (02) 9673 2987 to secure your appointment today.

Have you tried our Growing Pain Calculator? https://growingpain.com.au/

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/podiatristsydney

Want more information? That's fantastic! There's stacks of videos that we've made. Look down below. There's most likely a link there, or check us out on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc., all the normal socials because we've got stacks of educational videos on heel pain and all the other conditions that we look after. Thanks and stay happy, healthy and active.

ABOUT DR BRENDEN BROWN

Founder of A Step Ahead Foot + Ankle Care in Sydney, and former president of the Australasian Podiatry Council, Dr Brenden Brown (A.K.A Dr Foot) is a wealth of knowledge on how to take care of your feet, including how to find the best shoes.

Follow him on social media:
 instagram.com/askdrfoot
 facebook.com/podiatristsydney
 twitter.com/AStepAheadFAC

* No medical treatment can guarantee 100% success. Registered medical and health professions in Australia are by law not allowed to guarantee success. This comes as a result of all human bodies reacting differently to treatments. Patients should thoroughly consider all treatment options available to them.

Kids and Foot Pain

Kids and Foot Pain

Kids and Foot Pain

Kids and Foot Pain

Kids DO NOT have to put up with pain! They do not have to wait to grow out of it! It’s a fact and if you’ve been told otherwise hmmmmm .......

There is stacks of stuff to help kids beat foot pain.

  • Footwear
  • Strength exercise
  • Orthotic Therapy

Are just a few of the things that we use to get kids free from foot pain!

Let’s keep kids moving and let’s make sure we get them back to happy healthy and active!

Click the link below or call us on 96732987 for help.

If you haven't booked your appointment time for your gap-free heel pain assessment yet, please call our friendly reception team on (02) 9673 2987 to secure your appointment today.

Have you tried our Growing Pain Calculator? https://growingpain.com.au/

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/podiatristsydney

Want more information? That's fantastic. There's stacks of videos that we've made. Look down below. There's most likely a link there, or check us out on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc., all the normal socials because we've got stacks of educational videos on heel pain and all the other conditions that we look after. Thanks and stay happy, healthy and active.

ABOUT DR BRENDEN BROWN

Founder of A Step Ahead Foot + Ankle Care in Sydney, and former president of the Australasian Podiatry Council, Dr Brenden Brown (A.K.A Dr Foot) is a wealth of knowledge on how to take care of your feet, including how to find the best shoes.

Follow him on social media:
 instagram.com/askdrfoot
 facebook.com/podiatristsydney
 twitter.com/AStepAheadFAC

* No medical treatment can guarantee 100% success. Registered medical and health professions in Australia are by law not allowed to guarantee success. This comes as a result of all human bodies reacting differently to treatments. Patients should thoroughly consider all treatment options available to them.