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Kids foot health

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Healthy Development for the feet of infants and toddlers, and how to allow the foot to grow properly. More information can be found on https://kidofit.com/

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Kids foot health

  1. 1. Barefoot Shoes and Kids Foot Health • Anatomy of children’s feet • Medical experts’ recommendation • What to look for when purchasing children shoes • Demonstration of KidOFit Shoes
  2. 2. Anatomy 26 bones, 19 muscles, 107 ligaments plus an array of delicate blood vessels
  3. 3. Anatomy
  4. 4. Anatomy If the cartilage is deformed by badly shaped or rigid shoes, the bones will take on the deformed shape
  5. 5. Anatomy
  6. 6. Anatomy 6 months 2 years 5 years
  7. 7. The Effect of Shoes
  8. 8. The Effect of Shoes Dr. Lee Bivings, a pediatrician from Atlanta, estimates that 99% of new born babies have perfectly normal feet
  9. 9. The Effect of Shoes He found out that in his clinic more than 60% of babies have acquired foot problems at six years of age because of ill-fitted shoes
  10. 10. The Effect of Shoes
  11. 11. Barefoot Walking Barefoot Is Best Medical experts worldwide agree that barefoot walking is the best thing for both healthy foot development and for proper posture development
  12. 12. Barefoot Walking Better Proprioception The information about movement and ground forces comes from the nerves on the soles of our feet
  13. 13. Barefoot Walking Dr. Wikler, DPM: “Children who had the opportunity of going barefoot a great deal had less deformed toes, greater flexor strength, and denser muscles on the bottom of the feet”
  14. 14. Physiological Shoe Dr. Lee Bivings: “An ideal physiological shoe, the equivalent of bare-footedness, would keep babies' feet normal until six years of age!”
  15. 15. Physiological Shoe Important Shoe Features Dr. Lee Bivings: “To develop a physiological shoe and have it widely distributed is not easy, as I found out by personal experience.”
  16. 16. Important Shoe Features Flat, Thin Sole The best soles are protective, while simulating barefoot conditions, meaning, flat and thin, without heels, arch supports or other molding" features. Soling material should be slip-resistant, shock absorbing and flexible..
  17. 17. Important Shoe Features Flat Sole Cushioning Second Skin Insole
  18. 18. Important Shoe Features As close as it gets to barefoot walking
  19. 19. Important Shoe Features Flexible Flexible shoes allow the foot and ankle to develop most. When choosing a shoe, you should be able to easily bend it to insure that it adapts to the surface, and that it allows free foot movement.
  20. 20. Important Shoe Features Soft Interior The interior lining should be soft and smooth to avoid irritation. The best material is fabric, padded with foam, similar to the one in athletic shoes.
  21. 21. Important Shoe Features Wide Toe Box Infant and toddler shoes require a correspondingly much bigger toe area than the shape of an adult shoe. Shoes with wide toe boxes enable the child to wriggle their toes freely, and allow their toes to spread without constriction.
  22. 22. Important Shoe Features Easy On and Off The opening to the shoe should be wide enough to enable the foot to slip in easily, without having to squeeze the toes in any way.
  23. 23. Important Shoe Features Elastic Collar An elastic collar stretches around the heel to conform to the individual foot width.
  24. 24. Important Shoe Features Elastic Collar It also helps with getting the foot into the shoe without having to squeeze the toes.
  25. 25. Important Shoe Features Heel Strap All KidOFit shoes are constructed with a heel strap in the back portion of the shoe, enabling the adjustment of the grip around the heel, and eliminating slippage.
  26. 26. Important Shoe Features Transparent Sole All KidOFit shoes come with transparent soles, which provide a clear view of the child’s toes, and allow for checking how the foot is positioned inside the shoe.
  27. 27. Important Shoe Features Transparent Sole All KidOFit shoes come with transparent soles, which provide a clear view of the child’s toes, and allow for checking how the foot is positioned inside the shoe.
  28. 28. Important Shoe Features Fitting Inserts A set of inserts, which comes with the shoes, can be used to reduce the space inside the shoe when the fit is too wide or too loose. As the foot grows, the inserts can be removed, extending the lifespan of the shoe.
  29. 29. Important Shoe Features Shoe Last Since foot shape is changing as the foot grows the shoes were constructed on three different lasts
  30. 30. Important Shoe Features Different Lasts Last A: sizes 4 to 6 Last B: sizes 6.5 to 9 Last C: sizes 9.5 to 12
  31. 31. Important Shoe Features Sizes 4 to 6 High profile shape
  32. 32. Barefoot Comfort – Customized Fit www.kidofit.com

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