Shoes matter, many will remember that my Erin was late diagnosed with hip dysplasia. This resulted in many trips to theatre for operations to build her a hip socket. As a toddler, Erin endured more than most. She was later diagnosed with positional talipes too. This meant that her little feet were bendy and not quite the right shape. Her hip had also caused her to limp, which put additional pressure on her knees.
Whilst Erin’s was a birth defect it highlights the importance of well fitting shoes. Children and babies need shoes that support their growing bones and joints. Dotty Fish have undertaken lots of research to understand how best to look after our children’s growing feet.
Since those days Erin still requires additional support in her shoes. We don’t just grab any pair of pretty shoes and believe they can offer the same support. As an adult I also buy wisely and wear shoes that offer inbuilt support, you can see my latest post for Vionic Footwear for shoes that help adults.
Shoes for young babies and children need to be:
• Flexible so feet can move naturally
• Lightweight allowing for natural ankle, knee and hip movement
• Wide around the toes to allow the feet to spread when standing
• Thin soled so children’s toes can grip the floor in the same way as if they were barefoot
• A snug fit so they don’t come off but without restricting movement or growth
• Made from a breathable material as babies’ feet sweat 2-3 times more than adults’ do
As children’s feet develop they need room to spread and move in as natural a way as possible. When they have soft, flexible shoes on they do not impede natural foot movement and this allows development to take place unhindered. Ron explains, “A key thing is actually that we don’t want to see any change between bare feet and the shoe, we just want to see normal natural function and to make sure that it’s not impeded by footwear and so far the results are encouraging.”
Watch this vlog that demonstrates how Dotty Fish shoes care for your children’s feet.
I have teamed up with Dotty Fish to give away a pair of baby shoes. To enter simply fill in the rafflecopter. The giveaway closes on 13/06/2018.