How confident are you that you know your child’s true shoe size? *A survey of 2109 parents showed that 65% did not correctly identify their children’s shoe sizes when compared against accurate foot measurements for the kids. Moreover, kids were found to be wearing shoes up to two sizes too small

 

With 30% of our patients being children here at My FootDr, we often see the effects of shoes being too small, like claw toes, bunions and more. Today, we’re sharing what this statistic means, why parents get it wrong, and what you can do to measure your child’s shoe size accurately.

 

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The Weet-Bix TRYathlon is fast approaching! While the initial burst of excitement may see kids actively preparing and running, for some the motivation may fade long before the event arrives on May 24th. So how do we keep our kids running while staying happy and healthy? Here are our top five tips for parents.

 

Teach Them

Although running is often perceived as easily attainable for anyone with enough willpower, some education and understanding around running can make a big difference. What to expect is an important foundation that is often overlooked. As they continue to run, have those casual conversations about:

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If your New Year’s resolution revolves around staying fit and healthy, then having healthy feet is the perfect place to start. Without being able to walk and move comfortably, it’s easy to lose all the exercise plans and motivation you have right now! To help you start the year off on the right foot, we’ve put together eight simple, powerful and often overlooked tips to help keep your feet healthy. Follow them regularly, and if you need help, get in touch with us here.

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Pregnant lady foot painIf you’ve landed here because you’re pregnant and want to know what to expect when it comes to your feet – or are already noticing changes and want to know why and if it’s normal, then you’ve come to the right place. Firstly, a massive congrats on behalf of the My FootDr team on your pregnancy – it’s a very exciting time!

As parents ourselves, we’ve experienced all of these ups and downs too – and can tell you that it’s a lot easier when you’re prepared for what may be ahead. Today, we’re talking about three ways that pregnancy can affect your feet and what you can do about them to keep you walking all the way to the delivery room.

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You often hear people talking about how they’re worried about their flat feet, or that they are causing them aches… but what about high-arched feet? Often known as the ‘stompers’ within a household, people with this foot type carry their own unique set of characteristics and challenges.

Today our podiatry team is giving you the scoop on what high arches mean and what effects they may be having on your feet.

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When was the last time you thought about the way you walked? 

Chances are that you’ve been doing it on autopilot for so long that your habits, patterns and techniques are deeply ingrained. Unfortunately, this doesn’t factor in the changes that our bodies, specifically our feet, undergo over the years. From thinning fat pads (that cushion our steps) to fragile or stiff bones, our walking technique (“gait pattern”) can either help keep us going comfortably for many years to come – or leave us in pain and needing help.

Today, we’re sharing four small changes you can make to your gait today to help you move more efficiently, use less energy (so you get less tired) and help reduce your risk of injury. Please tell your future self – you’re very welcome.  

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Whether you call them foot orthotics, orthoses or insoles, these devices can help treat many lower limb problems, improve lower limb function, and help alleviate painful symptoms. Unfortunately, every so often, we come across patients that previously had orthotics that didn’t help them as they’d hoped. It’s disheartening – and patients often begin to believe that orthotics just don’t work for them, without understanding why. Today, we’re sharing why orthotics may not have helped you previously, why you shouldn’t lose hope in them, and how our orthotics are created differently.

 

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Fungal nail infections often get worse over time because the fungus grows and continues to ‘eat away’ at your nail. Your nails can become discoloured, thick, flaky and can crumble away. If you’re concerned about a fungal toenail infection, we recommend nipping it in the bud as soon as possible before things get worse.

Here’s a timeline for you to see what infections can look like, and what is happening at each stage:

 

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Great work on entering the Weet-Bix TRYathlon! It’s going to be a great day and a lot of fun.

To help you make the most of the day and the journey, the My FootDr team have put together our top tips to help you feel great before and after the event.

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You’re up early on your feet, making breakfast and packing lunches. You’re always running around, picking up toys and walking their dog. When everything is said and done – you’re their hero, and here at My FootDr, you’re ours too, mum!

While having a little one to care for seems to amplify physical activity ten-fold for mums and dads alike, differences in our bodies can make women more vulnerable to developing a number of pains and problems. Today, we’re sharing four common foot problems we see in mums, why they occur more frequently, and what can be done to help.

If you have barely enough time to sit down, let alone read this article, scroll down to the TLDR (too long, didn’t read) sections at the bottom of every foot problem for a quick summary.

 

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