Just as our hands have nerve endings, so do our feet. Active nerve endings in our feet allow them to send vital feedback back to our brains. However, heavy ridged shoes, like many traditional school shoes, block these nerve communications, which are especially important in helping kids develop healthy feet.*
While shoes are appropriate most of the time, allowing your children to walk barefoot on safe surfaces can aid in healthy development. When children walk barefoot they increase their foot strength, flexibility, circulation and heighten their understanding of how their bodies are positioned relative to the ground.
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