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Myth or truth – is barefoot best for kids?

There are thousands of nerves on the bottom of your feet. Direct contact between your feet and the ground has incredible benefits. It helps with motor skills, the brain, nerves as well as muscles.

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is barefoot best for kids

Barefoot Stimulation allows healthy foot development. Research shows that PREMATURE SUPPORTIVE FOOTWEAR in kids can slow the natural intrinsic muscle strengthening which is fundamental for future arch development and dynamic foot function. Is barefoot best for kids?

Studies show that Children who wear close toe supportive shoes are more likely to have flat feet. Foot arches develop between the ages of 3 and 9, which means arch support is not necessary.

Barefoot Stimulation Benefits the brain

  • Feeling the ground leads to overall higher neuro activation
  • The sole of the foot is rich in nerve endings which send sensory information to the brain. The information is used to prepare the foot and have accurate muscle response.
  • Proprioception is improved with better and more accurate feedback to the brain about the surfaces engaged. The body’s position and orientation are communicated to the brain more accurately.
  • Peak period for neuroplasticity and neurodevelopment. As many neuro pathways as possible need to develop during this period.

Barefoot for better Walking Posture

  • Better body awareness
  • Pattern of normal movement is easier to learn
  • More control of the feet makes movement more stable

What are the ideal shoes for kids?

  • Flat
  • Flexible
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Deep Wide Toe Box
  • No arch support
  • Adjustable Closure (Velcro or laces)
  • Puncture Resistant Sole




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