We thought we would talk all things feet in this months blog and provide you with some facts that you will hopefully find interesting. So, here we go…
Fact 1 – Babies are born with a layer of fat where an arch would usually be formed on a fully grown foot, which makes a babies foot appear flat and chubby. These arches don’t typically appear on a child’s foot until they are around 2 and half years old but their often cases of flat feet continuing in to adulthood. What’s the reason for this? We have absolutely no idea but if you know or have some theories, let us know in the comment section at the bottom of this blog.
Fact 2 – Feet have around 250,000 sweat glands but whilst the sweat itself doesn’t smell, children’s socks and shoes can retain the odor, causing bacteria. We can’t stress enough the importance of proper foot care for your little ones and with that in mind we will take this opportunity to provide a couple of tips and tricks that you should consider using:
- Choose comfortable soft leather shoes, which will allow your children’s feet to breath. It’s also very important that you chose the correct size shoe for your child. (Warning: shameless promotion) We provide a size guide for all our shoes and our customer service team are always on hand to provide advice on the most suitable size for your little one 🙂
- Make sure you buy cotton or cotton & wool socks and tights, making sure that they are the correct size so to not restrict movement of the feet.
- Wash your child’s feet thoroughly making sure that they are dried properly (try a light sprinkle of talcum powder on the bottom of the feet)
- Cut toenails regularly. Each child is different so we would suggest you check them on a fortnightly basis.
Fact 3 – In the first year of a child’s life their feet grow at an astonishing rate, reaching almost half their adult size. By the time your child reaches 12, their feet are about 90% of it’s adult length. They grow up far too fast 🙁
Fact 4 – Shoe sizes were created in England by King Edward II who stated in 1324 that the diameter of one barely corn (a third of an inch) would represent one full shoe size. This is still true today.
Fact 5 – When walking, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of your body weight.
Thanks for reading! 🙂