January 26, 2010

Some Facts on Growing Feet

  • Going barefoot is the best training for children’s feet: Going barefoot exercises and strengthens the muscles of the foot in many different ways. It’s also the best way to recover from wearing shoes!
  • Kids’ feet grow very fast: Between the ages of 3 and 6, children’s feet grow at an average rate of about 1 mm (0.04“) every month.
  • Children’s feet aren’t fully developed until about the age of 16.
  • Kids can’t tell if their shoes are too small. Even shoes that are markedly shorter than the foot itself are often judged by their little wearers to fit just fine. That’s why it’s important to check the fit of your kids’ shoes every 3 – 4 months.
  • Healthy feet in childhood are fundamental for a further well-balanced development. Not only that, healthy feet make exercise fun!
  • Shoes that are too short can permanently deform children’s feet.
  • Many kids already have markedly crooked big toes, caused by wearing poorly-fitting shoes.
  • Shoes that are too short in length stunt and delay the healthy development of children’s feet.

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