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Possible Benefits of Walking Barefoot

Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

There are several benefits that can occur when parents encourage their children to walk barefoot. These can include improvements in balance, walking, and range of motion. Additionally, the joints and muscles in the feet can become stronger, as a result of the toes gripping the floor. Research has indicated that the nervous system is stimulated when a child walks barefoot, and pressure points are used to send messages to various parts of the body. Children often become more aware of their surroundings when they walk barefoot outside. Walking on different surfaces such as grass, sand, leaves, and concrete can help the child to become more sensitive to nature. Their motor skills may be improved, and it may be easier to jump and balance during playtime activities. It is advised that sunscreen is applied to the child’s feet, and as a precaution against getting a sunburn, shoes may need to be worn outside on a particularly sunny day. If you would like more information about the benefits of having your child walk barefoot, please ask a podiatrist who can help you with the information you are seeking.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact William Urton, DPM of British Columbia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Langley, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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