One quarter (25%) of all the bones in the human body are in feet. A foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 separate muscles that are constantly changing.
The biggest threat to your child’s developing feet are improperly fitted shoes! The best footwear is flexible, light weight and correctly fit. Here are a few tips that may help you.
- Fit is different than size. Focusing on size is a mistake. Do you only have one size dress?
- There is no such thing as a “perfect” fit when feet are growing.
- Small shoes DAMAGE feet, big shoes do not. Most people usually buy children’s footwear too small.
- Babies do not need arch or ankle support.
- Children with wide feet can properly fit in some shoes not labeled “wide”.
- Sweaty or smelly feet are sometimes caused by shoes being too small.
- You can’t fit heels. Footwear is designed to “move” on heels when fit properly. Blisters develop from shoes too small, not too big.