You may have heard that starting your child’s early walking days with the wrong shoes can affect her foot development later in life. So how do you ensure that you do not start off on the wrong foot when it comes to buying shoes for your kids? Keep reading, and we’ll show you how…
It’s scary how fast kids grow and develop; from contentedly exploring every corner of my home on all fours, my active toddler has now moved on to the cruising phase. Watching her take small, wobbly steps while holding on to various pieces of furniture for support has got me thinking – is it time to get her very first pair of shoes?
With the mission of protecting her feet as she moves around on her own, I know that toddler shoes should be all about fit, form, and function and not fashion, the choice most parents mistakenly make when choosing shoes for their early walkers . Before I hit the shops, I did some research and found some interesting facts about the early development of feet in children.
We tend to take our feet for granted as walking is second nature for most of us. But here are some things about our feet which you might not have known before:
– Our feet are complex structures made up of various connective parts. Each foot comprises 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons!
– After their 2nd birthday, most toddlers tend to get busy running about, kicking a ball around or climbing the stairs while holding onto something for support (e.g. the railing of the staircase or a parent’s hand). The constant standing and walking causes the fat pad in their feet to be reabsorbed by the surrounding ligaments, forming new bone tissues along the way.
– As your children grow up, they naturally become competent walkers, and can run up and down the stairs effortlessly. Their feet continue to develop until the arch of each foot is set in place by the time they turn 6.
– Ill-fitting shoes will harm your children’s feet, posture and gait, the latter being the single most complex motor function of our body which involves half the body’s muscles and bones, as well as a large portion of the joints and ligaments. Not starting them off wearing the right shoes will give way to long-term ill effects that carry on to early adulthood.
(Facts courtesy of Stride Rite.)
For all these reasons and more, it is important for kids to get fitted with the right shoes, starting from the early years.