21213484 - low section of little girl standing on tree trunk in parkShoes vs Barefoot For Your Child?
by ACE Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Institute

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  • Wearing shoes leads to more hip muscle recruitment during gait.
  • Barefoot walking helps a child develop the muscles of their feet that will support the arches of their feet.
  • Wearing the improper shoes can lead to poor development of a child’s foot.
  • Most toddlers run with a forefoot striking pattern and do not strike heel first.
  • Shoes were originally designed simply to protect the sole of the foot.

Did you ever wonder why so many children want to run around with no shoes on their feet? For many children (and even adults), there’s something refreshing about kicking off the shoes and walking across the lawn barefoot. Research indicates that there are benefits to barefoot walking. For some activities, it may be a good idea to let you children walk barefoot. For other activities, it is important to help them find the proper shoe to support and protect their feet.

Some studies have focused on children walking in shoes vs barefoot, monitoring and recording the total oxygen consumption and energy expenditure. This research reveals that the energy used to walk around in shoes (shod walking) is far greater than walking barefoot. Other studies have been performed on children wearing different types of shoes.  Athletic type shoes were better than hard soled shoes, but barefoot walking was still the best for energy expenditure and oxygen consumption.   Read more at : http://www.ace-pt.org/2017/09/07/ace-physical-therapy-and-sports-medicine-institute-shoes-vs-barefoot-for-your-child/

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