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Natural Movement for Natural Growth
When they’re first born, the bones in children’s feet are still forming, only about three quarters of the bones even exist yet and over the next few years their feet will change a lot! They’re squishy and cute, but as every parent knows children grow up fast and their feet will soon be taking shape. They need shoes for protection, but it’s important that their shoes allow for free and natural movement, without restriction, to guide them on their earliest adventures.
High quality children’s shoes should be extremely flexible, not rigid, to allow children’s feet to grow normally and give them the same range of movement they would have if they weren’t wearing shoes at all. Bobux shoes are designed with the most comfortable and breathable materials we could find to follow your child’s natural movement almost like a second skin.
The Five Stages of Foot Development
Throughout their early years, children’s feet will go through five stages of development as they learn to crawl, walk, run, dance and play. The more they grow and develop, the more their feet need to grow with them, which is why they need to have the right shoes for whatever stage they’re in. At Bobux, we design shoes for stage and not age. All children grow at different rates and there is no one size fits all.
Our feet aren’t fully formed until we’re about 13-18 years of age, but most of the big changes happen in the first six or so years. When they’re fully grown, children will have 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in each foot, but when they’re born their tiny bones are still growing and their feet are mostly cartilage.
Hear from the experts
In everything we do, Bobux works closely with some of the world’s leading podiatrists and foot health experts. Here’s what they have to say.
Anna Beetham - PODIATRIST, BHSC (POD), MSMA
Jack Duffy, Podiatrist
Dianne Keating - Director, Senior Podiatrist Mornington Foot Clinic
Kahlia Borserio - Director & Principal Podiatrist Central Victorian Podiatry
Antoni Caserta, Podiatrist
Kristy Markopoulos - Talaria Podiatrist
How do I know my child’s feet are developing properly?
Parents often ask us “how do I know my child is on track?” They want to know their little ones are growing and developing normally - especially their feet! The truth is children develop at different rates, how long they take to start walking or how early their feet start to form can vary a great deal.
The important thing is not to stress, soon after they can crawl they will walk and then run and jump. Just know that your child will develop at their own rate. For starters, children’s feet won’t be fully developed until between the ages of 13 - 15 for girls and 15 - 18 for boys.
Over those 18 years your child’s feet will go through many changes as they grow from being infants to young adults. To help understand what stage your child is at, read more about the five stages of development here.
Children typically start to walk between 9-18 months but every child is different so don’t be worried if your little one starts earlier or later. They will usually appear flat-footed, with their feet slightly turned in and they have a broad gait, bent knees and bowed legs. As they grow and start to move in different ways, the strength improves in their lower limbs and these positions will change but they will continue to develop their movement for many more years. It might even be adulthood before your child settles into their natural, straight-legged position!
How to choose the right shoe for your child
Learn more about the developmental stages
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