Growth & Development

The human foot takes 18 years to fully develop from soft cartilage to hardened bone. During this time the development of a child’s foot is effected by the footwear used and so selecting the best shoes is an important factor.

Podiatrists believe that running, walking and playing barefoot is vital for a toddler’s foot development. Of course this is not always practical around the home and so Kinder Feet Shoes are a perfect alternative as they are the next best thing to being bare-foot.

Below are many interesting facts, information and articles regarding foot development and how beneficial it is for our children to give their feet as much “freedom” as possible.

“In fact, podiatrists say that bare feet should be a vital component of a child’s everyday life, in all seasons. The bare foot functions almost like a sense organ, feeling subtleties of changing terrain while walking and playing, and making countless small adjustments in how each step is taken. These adjustments actually help each of us form our balance, movement systems, and posture for life.”'s_feet

“A recent Cochrane Library systematic review includes 11 studies investigating the effects of children’s footwear. Children wearing shoes were found to children walk faster by taking longer steps with greater ankle and knee motion and increased tibialis anterior activity. Shoes were also found to reduce foot motion and increase the support (weight-bearing) phases of the gait cycle. During running, shoes were found to reduce swing (non-weight-bearing) phase leg speed, attenuate some shock, and encourage a rearfoot strike pattern. The long-term effect of these gait changes due to footwear on growth and development are currently unknown. The impact of footwear on gait should be considered when assessing children’s gait and evaluating the effect of shoe or in-shoe interventions.

Children who go barefoot have a lower incidence of flat feet and deformity while having greater foot flexibility than children who wear shoes.

“A podiatrist specialising in podopaediatrics, believes that wearing shoes at too young an age can hamper a child's walking and cerebral development. "Toddlers keep their heads up more when they are walking barefoot," she says. "The feedback they get from the ground means there is less need to look down, which is what puts them off balance and causes them to fall down." Walking barefoot, she continues, develops the muscles and ligaments of the foot, increases the strength of the foot's arch, improves proprioception (our awareness of where we are in relation to the space around us) and contributes to good posture.”