Stop Letting your Teens Ruin their Feet

My wife texted me a picture this morning that really made me angry. She had just dropped off our kids at school when she noticed something upsetting by the main entrance—a 13-year old girl wearing high-heeled wedge boots. To school. And her parents knew about Tweens in heels? Ok at a party, but not at school pleaseit, presumably, since she had just exited the family’s car without making any surreptitious shoe changes.

Why did this make me mad? Allow me to explain. By now, most of you out there know that high heels are bad for your feet—they can cause foot pain, exacerbate bunions and lead to morton’s neuromas. Despite the commonly known ills of these types of shoes, many women choose to wear them anyways, and while I’d like to see everyone wearing shoes that are good for their feet, I’m not going to rant for too long about adults making their own footwear choices.

You know what I will make a stink about, though? A child, whose feet are still developing, wearing shoes that damage those feet. Parents, come on: I know we all struggle with giving our kids the freedom to express themselves and, for young women, some of that self-expression may come out in shoe choice.

I get that, (I have a daughter myself), but I think that heels in school is a good place to draw the line between self-expression and safety. While it might be ok to allow your daughters to wear heels to a party or for a special occasion, to wear them all day at school is very damaging.  School is a place where kids need to be active, be it on the playground or even just walking between classes.  So please, make sure you help your children make good shoe choices, and if they have any foot pain or other concerns, bring them to see Dr. Andrew Schneider at Tanglewood Foot Specialists.

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