Getting back to school, how to pick the correct footwear

As a podiatrist, I strongly urge parents and caregivers to take the time to ensure that children’s school footwear fits properly and provides the necessary support for healthy foot development. Here are some tips to consider when buying school shoes:

  • Measure feet regularly: Children’s feet can grow quickly, so make sure to measure their feet before buying new shoes.

 

  • Check for proper fit: Allow about half an inch of space between the longest toe and the front of the shoe. The shoe should not be too tight or too loose.

 

  • Look for good arch support: Arch support is vital for maintaining proper foot alignment and reducing the risk of foot problems.

 

  • Choose breathable materials: Shoes made from breathable materials help prevent excessive sweating and discomfort.

 

Remember, investing in high-quality, well-fitting school footwear is an investment in your child’s foot health and overall well-being. By prioritizing proper footwear, we can help children stay active, comfortable, and confident throughout their school days and beyond.

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Covid-19 Update

What are we doing to protect you?

During lockdown there has been much soul searching and questioning if I should continue in Practice or not, given the level of investment required and the measures we must implement to ensure the safety of everyone. Although it will not be easy, I have decided not to be beaten and to continue with The Footings and make it as safe a practice as it could possibly be!  In future when attending clinic, you will be asked to:

 • Stand on a disinfectant mat 

• Use the hand gel provided

 • Put on a mask provided 

The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) worn by the Podiatrist will consist of: 

• Scrubs 

• Disposable apron

• Face Mask 

• Safety Glasses 

• Mop cap 

• Disposable Gloves 

Only one person will be allowed on the premises at a time to ensure Social Distancing unless you are from the same household, or the patient requires a carer. 

• HEPA filtration unit will be constantly on during clinical sessions. 

• Deep Cleaning equipment is to be used at the end of each treatment 

• Whole room Disinfectant Fogging at the end of each session.

 • Sneeze Screens are being installed both in clinical rooms and Reception area to further ensure safety. 

As I am sure you appreciate these measures are gold standard and are being implemented to ensure safety for all concerned. As a result, I have no choice but to implement an increase in fees to reflect that standard. Therefore, Podiatry fees for consultation plus treatment will be £55. Appointments are now being prioritised for the most at risk patients, but extra clinics are being made available so we can catch up with everyone soon.