Almost every child instinctively knows going barefoot feels better than shoes and it’s more fun too.
Happy Healthy Children’s Feet
Children with the healthiest and most supple feet habitually go barefoot.
Why Shoes Hurt Feet
While wearing shoes, sensitivity, mobility, and intrinsic muscle strength of the feet are limited. The barefoot walker receives information about the ground. A shod foot sleeps inside an unchanging environment. When the feet’s sensations are not used or listened to the feet over time become decayed and atrophy.
Orthopedists and rehabilitation specialists who study foot problems all around the world also agree and confirm walking bare foot is healthier than walking in shoes an in fact alleviate the most common foot problems in the United States, such as corns, bunions, hammer toes, athlete’s foot and ingrown toenails.
Choosing The Right Shoes For Infants
The ideal shoes for baby’s feet are soft and flexible, with breathable leather uppers and fully adjustable fastening for a snug fit. Shoes should have smooth bottoms, causing less friction so the shoe will not grab the floor and possibly cause your child to fall. Grabby shoes tend to stick changing children’s gait, as they have to lift their little feet to move.
Choosing The Right Shoes For Toddlers And Children
Select shoes with a rounded toe box. Allow plenty of room for toes to move. Breathable materials, like leather or canvas are best. Avoid man made, poly, plastic, they can cause odor or bacteria growth. Children’s feet sweat so avoid buying synthetic shoes, as they will not allow your child’s feet to breathe. Synthetic materials also tend not to stretch, and pressure can damage a child’s growing foot. Soft leather or rubber soles are recommended as they allow a child’s gait and stride to develop naturally. New shoes should never need to be “broken in.”
It is not recommended for children to wear hand-me-down shoes. Most shoes form to the foot, so wearing hand-me-downs have already been “formed” and can affect the shape of your child’s foot.
Walking For Children Is Wonderful Alternative Medicine
The Benefits Of Walking For Children Are:
Helps to build and maintain healthy bones and muscles
Helps to control weight and build lean muscle
Helps to reduce feelings of stress, sadness and anxiety
Helps to increase flexibility and stamina
Helps their concentration and memory
Helps to improve their sense of self-image and autonomy
Helps to encourage healthy habits that could last a lifetime
Helps children sleep better whatever age they are
It’s a proven fact babies and young children sleep better…
…After Going Out For A Walk
Walking Wellness Benefits For Children
How Far Can A Child Walk
As a general guide a child should be able to walk about ½ a mile per birthday.
A 5 year old could be expected to walk up to 2½ miles. A 7 year old should have no problem with walking 3½ miles.
Most children of school age should be able to walk for 15 minutes to thirty minutes – around 13,000 steps per day.
Children should start out slowly and gradually build to higher levels. This prevents the risk of injury or feeling defeated and or dejected from unrealistic goals.
Walk with your children and create interesting walks to stay motivated. Children follow by example and you have the chance to set a great example early on.
Being bare foot and proper walking shoes are good steps to take towards having happy healthy feet.