OOAL Magazine News:Infants' shoe design affects child development

Tuesday, 24 May 2011  |  Admin

A recent research study from a well-known footwear brand has revealed how shoe design affects child development. The results show how the construction of a shoe can affect gait, stability and plantar loading throughout different stages of learning to walk.

The study was conducted over a two year period in partnership with the Temple University School of Podiatric Medecine and the California College of Podiatric Medicine. Its focus was to understand children's foot development milestones in order to identify if shoe flexibility should vary for each development stage.

Researchers examined how different characteristics of shoes affected children's gait patter, plantar pressures and stability while performing functional tasks through an obstacle course - all while wearing shoes of varying flexibilty and barefoot. They found that children wearing properly fitting, ultra-flexible shoes experienced fewer stumbles and falls when learning to walk.

Good news for our Podlers infants' shoes as we believe them to be the softest, most flexible shoes around. This indepth footwear study confirms our Podlers philosophy of flexible feet, and unlike traditional children's shoes, our Podlers have three key elements that we believe make the perfect shoe: the flex, the fit & the quality.

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