• Children's foot - Anatomy and growth

      ANATOMY

      Apart from the twenty-eight bones, one hundred and seven ligaments and nineteen muscles, a young child's foot also contains a lot of joints and tendons. They all ensure stability and mobility. It is amazing how this little creation becomes a robust and reliable companion for a lifetime.

      The distance that our feet cover during a lifetime is equal to three or four times the circumference of the Earth. When they are walking, jumping or running, the weight that they carry exceeds several times that of the human body. With each next step, the little feet should become not only more stable and strong, but also extremely flexible.

      Even during a child's first months, they move playfully and with ease. As children start crawling, standing up, and walking, their lives become more challenging. The foot soles and the muscles are under increasing strain. From that moment on, they must develop actively and freely. For this to happen, the muscles need a lot of movement and play. The feet require perfectly fitting shoes that do not pinch but ensure stability and mobility. This is how the feet can make full use of their potential.

      Working together with pediatricians and orthopedists, KK produces what nature needs. Our shoes provide optimal support for the natural development of children's feet.

      GROWTH

      A child's overall development, including mental growth, requires movement.

      Children know intuitively when it is time to make their first steps. Generally, they start toddling when they are between eighth and twelve months old. Between the first and the second year, a child's foot grows by about two shoe sizes a year. A girl's foot stops growing between 10 and 14 years of age, whereas a boy's foot does the same between 14 and 18.

      Once a child has learned how to walk, his feet carry a lot more weight than before. Foot soles and legs play an increasingly important role. Muscles, ligaments and tendons constantly adapt to physical strain. When a child starts exploring the world in an upright position, it is extremely important for the soles of his feet to develop properly. Ninety eight percent of all children are born with normal legs. Most of the damage that is ever done to them occurs at a very early age because of a lack of movement, or due to badly fitting shoes.

      To guarantee that the foot soles will develop properly, we have to ensure that they move as freely as possible. A child's feet need movement in order to develop healthily. The more your child plays, the stronger his feet become. Ideally, they should be bare or in comfortable shoes.

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