Black leather shoes, mandatory at many New Zealand schools in winter, are causing harm to children's feet, say podiatrists. Most intermediate and secondary schoolchildren around the country switched this week to winter uniforms and the black leather lace-ups that go with them. Auckland podiatrist Caron Orelowitz, of Podiatry NZ, said the shoes could cause major problems for young feet. "The foot is constantly developing and the bones are soft," Orelowitz said. "They need as much cushioning as possible or they could end up with other problems."
She said it was particularly a problem for children running around at lunchtime. "If they're running in leather shoes with rubber soles, there's no shock absorption. They can develop knee, heel, and foot pain." Orelowitz said it would be better for children to be in cheap sneakers than to run around in leather school shoes.
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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