Children’s feet have only two motor functions: firstly that of crawling, then walking and running.
The foot is a very complex structure with 26 bones, 33 joints, over one hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments, and thousands of sensory nerve endings. Feet support our body when we are standing, and allow dynamic movement when we move. Feet also have another very important function known as the proprioceptive function. Our proprioceptive capacity is what allows us to perceive and recognize the position of our body in space even without the help of our sight.
The foot is the most highly developed proprioceptive organ we have, which sends more information to our brain than our hands.
The parts of the body that young children use more than any others to learn about the outside world are the mouth and, above all, their feet; and parents know how much babies love having their feet stroked..
Your baby will need to wear his first shoes when you want to protect his feet from getting hurt or bad weather conditions.
In the first months few months of life, feet are sensory organs with which your baby gathers information about the world around him; that is why we should leave babies barefoot as much as possible.
Even when your toddlers takes his first steps, it would be better to do it barefoot, but only at home. After learning how to take his first steps at home with the help of Mummy and Daddy, your toddler will have acquired the stability he needs to explore the outside world; that is when he will need his first shoes, of excellent quality, that not only help him walk properly but also protect his feet.
A walker helps your toddler take his first steps at home and learn how to walk quickly.
Using a walker prevents the proper psychomotor development, forcing your child to make unnatural movements that do not help the proper development of bones and joints: the seat of the walker does not allow proper hip and joint movements but forces the child into an incorrect position..
Shoes that are too tight cause ingrown toenails.
Tight shoes will push the toenails into the skin.
Bacteria enter the small wounds caused by the penetration of the nail into the skin causing infection.
An ingrown nail that penetrates deeply is also very painful..
If a toddler tends to turn his feet inwards when he starts to walk, you need to book an appointment with a child orthopaedic specialist as soon as possible.
When children learn to walk it is quite normal for them to have an unsteady gait that is not perfectly straight, with the tendency to turn their feet outwards, and more often, inwards.
This rarely interferes with their gait and tends to disappear as they grow older.
Sometimes this way of walking is improperly corrected with the use of heavy shoes with cookies (ambidextrous).
IWhat your child should indeed be wearing are normal soft good quality shoes that should be soft and flexible, with ankle pads to provide the proper support.
You should only see a specialist if your toddler trips up often because of the way he walks or if he continues to walk like this after the age of 3. .
If your child limps and complains of pain for no apparent reason, you should book an appointment with his paediatrician for an examination.
If a child limps and complains of pain for no apparent reason, such as a fall, a splinter or thorn, you should book an appointment with his paediatrician. The specialist will try to find out what is making your child limp which may in some case be caused by a benign transient synovitis, an infection, arthritis or any other pathology that requires diagnostic investigation and therapy..