Monday, July 9, 2012

Physiotherapist Blaise Dubois on Children’s Shoes

Anders MidfootHi ResCanadian physiotherapist Blaise Dubois just posted an excellent piece on choosing shoes for children. Like Blaise, I believe that children should be permitted to go barefoot as much as possible, and if they wear shoes they should be roomy, flat, and flexible to allow for proper foot development. Here’s an excerpt from what Blaise says on the issue:

“…it is pretty simple, isn’t it? The more often your children are barefoot is better! If the social environment or types of ground surface require shoes, you should provide your children with ULTRA minimalist shoes, without a raised heel or an arch support, as thin as possible and very flexible in all directions.”

You can read Blaise’s full post, in both French and English, here: http://www.therunningclinic.ca/blog/2012/07/les-chaussures-chez-les-enfants-shoes-for-children/

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