Children's Feet

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Healthy children's feet - What parents can do for a healthy development of children's feet

Healthy children's feet are usually a matter of course. At birth 98 % of all children are born with healthy feet. It is only in the course of childhood that complaints of the foot apparatus develop. So only about 40 % still have healthy feet in adulthood. What you can do to ensure that your child's foot remains healthy as he or she grows older, you can find out here.

Every third child wears shoes that are too small

During a Bavaria-wide study by the BKK on foot health in children, 1500 children's feet were examined orthopedically. The result was shocking: 70 % of the children were wearing unsuitable footwear. 23 % showed pressure points, nail fungus, warts and similar complaints.

Every third child in Germany wears shoes that are too small. One reason for this is certainly that children do not notice the unsuitable shoe. The bones of their feet are still soft and deformable.

This allows the foot to adapt to the too small or tight shoe instead of reacting with painful stimuli. However, this often results in malpositioning. This results in shortened muscles, toe malpositioning and restrictions of the postural apparatus.

My first and most important advice is therefore to measure children's feet regularly. Your child's foot can grow up to three shoe sizes a year. Therefore, measure your child's feet at least every six months, ideally even every three months. By the way, you should also regularly buy suitable socks with your new shoes.

How to measure children's feet correctly

Does the shoe still fit or does a new one already have to be made? You can find out the shoe size of your child yourself at home. This way you can quickly find out whether the shoe still fits or whether a visit to the shoe shop is necessary. You can also have your child's shoe size measured in the shoe shop.

Children's Feet

At home you can determine the size as follows:

  1. Get a piece of paper, a pencil and some tape.
  2. Attach the note to the floor.
  3. Take your child with you and let them put their foot down on the paper.
  4. Now trace the shape of the foot. Position the pencil as vertically as possible and create your template.
  5. Now add a maximum of 17 mm, but at least 12 mm, at the tip of the foot.
  6. Now repeat the process with the other foot. Children's feet can be of different lengths. In this case, use the larger foot for orientation.
  7. Now you already have the foot size of your child. You can find the corresponding shoe size in a shoe size table.
  8. To determine whether the children's shoe you are using is still suitable, cut out your drawing and simply insert the template into the shoe.
  9. If the leaf lies smooth inside the shoe, the shoe is still ideal. If the paper only bulges slightly, everything is still in order. At the next opportunity, however, you should get a bigger shoe. If you see a clear curvature or if you do not get the paper completely laid out inside the shoe, it is high time to buy a shoe!

run barefoot

Let your child walk barefoot as often as possible. Barefoot walking is especially recommended on uneven surfaces such as a meadow or on a sandy beach. This strengthens the child's feet, the foot muscles are strengthened and the arch of the foot is stabilised.

Children's barefoot shoes support the development of the foot and also protect it from pointed and dangerous objects.

Games for healthy children's feet

With games for healthy children's feet, you can promote foot health and maintain foot dexterity. Children's feet are very dexterous. In infancy, children can use their toes almost like their fingers.

Why don't you let your child paint with her feet? Stick a piece of paper on the wall or the floor. You can attach the pen to the foot with adhesive tape or even let your child paint with his toes using finger paints. Surely unique works of art are created, your child has fun and the foot stays healthy.

Or you can play toe tug with your child. Tie a cloth together for this. Make a knot in the middle and place a mark on the floor.

Now sit down opposite each other. Grip the cloth with your toes. Each one has an end. Now pull them both strongly and try to pull the knot on your side of the mark. Be warned: children's feet can grip the cloth quite well with their toes, while the cloth can slip out of your toes quickly!

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