Did You Know...?
foot is a very complex system consisting of 26 bones, 33 joints,
107 ligaments and 19 muscles. One quarter of all the bones in the
human body are located in the feet. Because feet are the foundation
of the body, when these bones are out of alignment, it can affect
many other human mechanisms.
Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems.
It's neglect and a lack of awareness of proper carespecifically
ill fitting shoes in the early stages of growth and developmentthat
bring on foot, leg and back problems later in life. According to
US government studies, 2/3 of all adults have problems with their
feet by the time they meet middle age and 89% of the problems could
have been prevented by shoes that were not too tight during preschool
The following facts and tips will help any concerned parent make
the right choices about family foot care and adhering to them will
be a real investment for your child's future.
- A baby's foot is not merely a smaller version of an adult's
foot. At birth the foot contains 26 partially developed bones
(made of cartilage) making them pliable and therefore at risk
- Pre-walking babies and crawlers only need booties to keep their
feet warm or pre-walking shoes that do not bind their feet.
- For newborns and infants, footwear should be made of very lightweight
and breathable materials.
- It is natural for babies to have flat feet (over 97% do). That
is because there is a thick pad of fat in the soles of their feet.
Once muscles begin to strengthen, arches will develop.
- 85% of young children ages 6 months to 3 years have wide feet.
- Baby feet grow quickly during the first year, perhaps going
through three or four sizes. Feet should be measured monthly the
first year, every two months between the ages of 12 months and
24 months, and every 3 months from 24 to 36 months.
- Baby feet exert a lot of energy, especially when standing and
balancing. This causes the feet to get hot. Baby feet can sweat
twice the amount of adult feet (up to half a pint of moisture
can be produced each day), so shoes made of natural, breathable
materials are crucial.
- Medical experts (including the American Podiatric Association)
recommend flexible, soft-sole shoes for optimal growth and development
of young feet. Traditional stiff, high-top, hard-sole shoes are
actually detrimental to the growth and development of little feet.
- Many children's shoes are too small, but unfortuntely the children
wearing them can't or don't tell us. Be sure to have ¼"
to ½" from the longest toe to the shoe (when standing)
when purchasing shoes. Also make sure they have sufficient width.