Everything you have ever wanted to know about children’s feet

Posted on: 03.03.2014.

Author: redakcija

If you think that there couldn’t possibly be anything that you didn’t know about kid’s feet, you are wrong. Read these interesting facts and you will see that we were right.

  • Many people think that baby’s feet are the mini version of adult person’s feet. This could not be farther from the truth. Children’s feet significantly differ from the fully developed ones.
  • Most babies are born with flat feet (97%). This fact is due to the soft cushions placed immediately under, still insufficiently developed, foot arch. Mother Nature has taken care of protecting the fragile arch as much as possible.
  • Foot of a grown-up person has 26 bones, 33 joints and 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments.
  • Kid’s feet grow very fast during the first few years of their lives. It is recommendable to measure child’s feet every month until the child is one year old. Between the 2nd and the 3rd year feet should be measured once in every 3 months.

  • Most children have wide feet. When buying shoes, you should make sure that the model is wide enough for your child and that the shoes don’t clutch their little feet. Inadequate footwear can cause permanent deformations on delicate children’s foot.
  • Newborns should only wear shoes made of natural soft materials (cotton, wool, leather without hard sole…).
  • You should make sure that there is always enough space between the longest finger on your child’s foot and the shoe. Your child might not be able to tell you that the shoe is too tight but you should see that.

We hope that you have found some facts that will make your child’s first steps easier. Take good care of your children’s feet, they are the base of the healthy locomotive system.