When you child starts to crawl and then to walk, don't be in too much of a hurry to put him or her into shoes.
For example, many parents will buy children their first pair of shoes before they are even walking. However, research has shown that wearing shoes may actually be doing more damage than good. While parents may feel that children need a good pair of shoes to protect their feet and ankles as they grow, the shoes themselves can actual hinder muscle development - even causing problems for muscle development from toes right up to hips.
We share a host of benefits for children who can go barefoot...
Cracked heels, also referred to as heel fissures, are a common foot condition causing discomfort or even pain. The dry skin can be accompanied by thickened skin with even yellow or brown calluses around the heel edge. Find out more about what to do about cracked heels.
This common foot problem is often unnoticed or neglected and yet caring for our feet including our heels should be as important as looking after the rest of our body. While cracked heels can occur both in adults and children, it affects women the most. Cracked heels may cause discomfort when going barefoot but cracks in the heels can sometimes become very deep and cause pain.