The bones in a baby’s foot begin as flexible
cartilage, which is why a shoe that is too stiff or too tight can have a
harmful affect on the overall shape and potential movement of your
child’s foot permanently. This can lead to chronic postural and
skeletal problems well into adulthood.
This is why barefoot movement – especially inside
shoes – is so important for your baby’s foot health. When a child begins
to crawl, and eventually take their first steps, bare feet (and tiny
toes!) need to grip, flex and twist so they can develop the necessary
strength and muscle tone, while receiving the kind of neurological and
physical feedback cues that are so critical for maintaining proper
balance and continuous upright movement. Barefoot really is best!
But the world isn’t always as friendly to a child’s
little feet as inside their home. Sometimes little feet need big help to
protect them from the sort of everyday hazards and grimy germs that
come along with adventurous days out.