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10 Tips for children’s feet to prevent foot pain.

Brunilda is our resident foot specialist in Earlsfield and Wimbledon.  She’s a mum  first then Podiatrist second ! In 2015 she gave birth to her identical twin boys who absorb most of her time and energy.  Together they enjoy family trips and activities, cooking and keeping active.  Its safe to say, she knows how to manage children’s feet! 

Here are Brunilda’s 10 Tips for children’s feet in preventing foot pain. 

  1. From the moment your child starts to walk, their feet must be measured for length and width.
  2. Buy correct sized socks.
  3. Clarks is a great shoe shop for children’s shoes, but not all the range is suitable! Once your child has had their feet measured, buy lace up shoes or shoes with a buckle and ensure they have a slight heel and a supportive heel counter for maximum foot support.
  4. Sweaty feet are normal, make sure you wash your child’s feet daily.
  5. Alternate shoes every day.  It takes 48 hours for sweat to dry from your child’s shoes!
  6. Cut your child’s nails straight across to avoid ingrowing toe nails. 
  7. Inspect your child’s nails and feet for signs of inflammation, infection or itching. 
  8. AVOID PLIMSOLLS AT ALL COSTS!!! These shoes are a Podiatrists worst nightmare!
  9. Growing pains are not always growing pains, especially in young sporty children, particularly aged 10-15. 
  10. Check your child’s wear pattern on their shoes.  Normal wear pattern is on the outside border of the heel.  Excessive wear pattern or an abnormal wear pattern may be due to walking or running problems which your Podiatrist can diagnose, assess and manage. 


If you are concerned about your child’s feet, whether this is an in-growing toe nail, verrucae, walking problems or flat feet, you can call us between 9AM-6 PM Monday to Friday and 9AM-4 PM on Saturdays to book in with Brulinda.

020 7164 6607


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Comments (2)

  • Dan Reply

    Great tips to help protect children’s feet, I had many problems with my feet when I was young and I don’t want my children to have the same. We get our boys school shoes from the as they are great quality and designed for foot health. My problem as a child as I would squeeze my feet into trendy trainers I liked, luckily the good brand make stylish shoes with health in mind now.

    May 17, 2018 at 9:10 am
    • South West Podiatry Reply

      Hi Dan
      Our podiatry team recommend specific footwear requirements for children and orthotics or insoles, so shoes like startrite and piedro boots are great to house orthotics and insoles. Feet are important at a young age and as health professionals, we cannot do enough to promote this.
      Liam McManus

      May 17, 2018 at 10:10 am

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