As a young father, everything is very new to me. I am the sole caregiver of my five-year-old daughter and it definitely hasn’t been without its challenges. My daughter and I live on the other side of the country to the rest of my family, so I really am going it alone. Because it’s just us two, we have the strongest bond I’ve ever seen between a father and daughter, and I am really proud to know that is the case.
Over the past few months, my daughter has been constantly complaining of having sore feet. I wasn’t really sure what she meant and so I would just tell her to sit down for a while so that they would feel better. When she told me that they still hurt, I had a look at them to see if she had stood on a prickle or something, but saw nothing. There was nothing visibly wrong with her feet and I didn’t know what to do about it, so I decided to take her to a foot specialist.
I was just a bit of a loss, and having no idea what to do with sore feet, I decided I needed to bite the bullet and take her to an expert. She had a couple of consultations with the specialist where it was determined that she would need special shoes to help ease the pain on her feet. I felt really guilty for ignoring the problem for so long. I didn’t realise that children could actually have problems like that, I just thought it was a thing that older people dealt with.
Her podiatrist said she needed children’s orthotics. Cheltenham podiatrists are some of the best in the state, so I didn’t hesitate to listen to his recommendations. My daughter has been wearing her orthotics with certain shoes for a month now, and she hasn’t complained about sore feet since. I’m extremely relieved, hopefully my guilt eases now that her pain has.