This week was the beginning of soccer season practices for my granddaughter, and we needed to get new soccer shoes. The sports store was very full of many others getting the same thing. It reminded me of my own childhood and shoes. We had very little money, but my parents always made sure the shoes we wore were top quality and well fit to our feet. We had a pair of school shoes, a pair of church shoes and a pair of work- on- the –farm shoes. They were our pride and joy when they were new—the most expensive thing we owned, and we learned to take very good care of them. As I grew up and paid for my own shoes, I realized what a sacrifice my parents had made to make sure my feet were well cared for and did not cause me problems. As a nurse on my feet all day, I was grateful for healthy feet that did not cause me problems. I tried hard to save for appropriate shoes and was very conscientious of combining style with comfort and safety. After eight years in Hawaii in sandals and bare feet, I had a wake-up on how my feet had changed and my arch had fallen. It took a lot of effort to restore my feet to comfort!
School is just around the corner, and the beginning of sport season too. Let’s talk a bit about some ways we can help our children and grandchildren learn proper foot care:
👣 Foot sizes change often as children grow, both in length and width, so never buy without trying on shoes. One foot is always slightly larger than the other, so fit to the larger foot.
👣 Trace a youngster’s foot before going shoe shopping, and select a shoe that is shaped like the tracing.
👣 The recommended fitting is allowing ½“ space beyond your longest toe when you stand up in the shoe.
👣 The heel should fit comfortably and the shoe should not slip on the heel when you walk.
👣 Feel that the ball of the foot is fitting in the widest part of the shoe, and the arch is properly fit.
👣 Make sure that the material in the shoe doesn’t cause irritation.
👣 Ensure that the heels are safe and the soles of the shoe are non-slip and provide solid footing.
There are over 100 verses in the Bible about feet! They mention footwear, washing feet, safe pathways to prevent injury, and more. Genesis 18:4 tells us to wash our feet and “rest yourselves under a tree.” Psalm 119:105 tells us, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” And in Proverbs 3:23, we hear, “Then shall thou walk in they way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.” My strength verse in times of stress and trouble is Psalm 40:2: “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”
I pray that you consider the importance of YOUR feet! Not only are they physically important to prevent losing them to disease as in uncontrolled diabetes, but they are important in our spiritual walk that we take daily. When we find ourselves yielding to temptation, we recall the lamp He gave us in His word, and pray “O Lord, hold me up!
Walk in the Lord this week, and may your shoes fit properly in all you do, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse, Peace Lutheran Church & School