Foot problems are extremely common. The majority of them have their origin in childhood.
98% of us are born with perfect healthy feet, yet by the time we reach adulthood, many of us suffer from various kinds of foot problems ranging from corns and calluses to bunions, deformities, blood-circulation problems, low arches and worse. Not to mention ankle-, knee- and back-related pains, many of them having their origin from feet.
In countries where people don´t use shoes, the foot problems are very rare.
Dr. Staheli said that in Western nations, kids must often wear shoes to protect against hot pavement, snow, broken glass or the occasional stray hypodermic syringe on the sidewalk, among other things. He believes that the more closely a kid’s shoe resembles the barefoot state, the better. Furthermore, he says there is no evidence that corrective shoes correct anything – the supposed deformities correct themselves in the vast majority of cases. Many adult foot ailments origin in the childhood and often lead to problems in other parts of the body.
Healthy feet have 26 bones, most of which, at birth, are just soft cartilage. During childhood, these bones begin to ossify (harden) and are not fully developed until late teens.
It is, therefore, very important during these formative years to look after kid’s developing feet as they are very sensitive to pressure, and can easily adopt the shape of a shoe that doesn’t fit properly which can then prevent the foot from developing naturally.
Many people believe that “arch support” is an important contribution from shoes. Lately, an increasing number of researchers and doctors are challenging this assumption.