Children, and specifically very young children, like to walk barefoot. It is often difficult to get them to wear shoes.
Isabel Gentil Garcia, professor of nursing, physiotherapy and podiatry at Complutense University in Madrid, did research in this area and found that children who were given the opportunity to walk barefoot were….smarter!
Thanks to sensory stimulation received through walking barefoot, cognitive and perceptive development are more rapid and therefore lead to the intellectual growth of the child, besides other physical advantages which can’t be ignored.
- Greater balance and stability: all toes are free to move and by opening and closing them, the child learns the art of walking to perfection
- Improved development of the sense of touch through the feet: the child receives lots of information about its environment through the feet
- The soles of the feet are strengthened whereby flat feet are prevented
- It prevents fungal infection: bare feet perspire less and breathe better
- It improves body knowledge: feet are an important part of our body and touching them and discovering them is important for a child
- Without the support of shoes, the muscles in the feet and ankles are strengthened
- It is possible to perceive an unlimited range of sensations (cold/warmth, dry/wet, slippery/rough) that stimulate intelligence
According to Garcia, shoes are well suited to protect feet but, where possible, children should be allowed to walk barefoot.
Feet are miraculous and consist of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. The foot is made so we walk and run effortlessly, also on uneven surfaces.
Afraid of cold feet? A pair of socks will take care of that.
Retrieved and translated from Curioctopus.nl: http://www.curioctopus.nl/read/6380/loopt-je-kind-graag-op-blote-voeten-door-het-huis-hier-zijn-7-redenen-om-dit-gewoon-toe-te-staan