I'm a foot expert – the easy trick all parents need to know which tells you when your child's shoes need replacing | The Sun

THEY only went back a week or so ago.

But there might already be some tell-tale signs that your child's school shoes are going to need replacing in the not too distant future.

Musculoskeletal Podiatrist, Rob Payne, from the London Podiatry Centre, has shared some top tips on how to spot if a shoe is fitting incorrectly – including a quick test you can do at home.

"Parents can easily check shoes to make sure that they are fit for purpose," Rob said.

"If a shoe wears prematurely then this will indicate that the shoe isn’t beneficial for the child."

First, try the "90 degree test".

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"When placing a shoe flat on a counter, the shoe must be at 90 degrees to the supporting surface and not be tilted in either direction," Rob explained.

"If it is tilted, then that indicates that the shoe has become distorted by the child and must be replaced.

"Shoes that tilt excessively or too quickly usually have an internal issue with the structure."

You should also keep a close eye on the wear INSIDE the shoe.

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"Shoes should generally wear on the outside," Rob added.

"Inside wearing of the shoe can be a serious problem with the child's gait and in such instances, the parent should see a podiatrist."

Research commissioned by Sports Direct showed that one of parents' main concern with their child's school shoes is that they're going to grow out of them quickly (48%), followed by worries about the durability of the shoe itself (47%).

So when you're looking for a new pair of school shoes, there are some tips to take into account to make sure they'll go the distance.

Firstly, Rob said it's important to make sure the shoe is properly secured.

“It is important that shoes are properly secured, and, in this regard, laces are always best," he said.

"However, a good double velcro fastening can be beneficial, especially in young children who may struggle tying laces."

You should also check there's enough room inside the toe box, but not too much.

Your child's shoes shouldn't feel too tight, but also shouldn't be loose enough that they can just slip off the foot.

And lastly, Rob recommends choosing a shoe made from a breathable fabric, such as leather.

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"Shoes with a breathable top cover are recommended, such as those made of leather," he said.

"Synthetic materials can promote sweating, increasing the risk of fungal and bacterial infections."

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