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Is there anything beneficial about babies learning to walk barefoot?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Avoiding falls

Years ago parents put kids in "walking shoes" which bypassed some of the natural toe-walking in toddlers & was thought to support their feet.
The shoes were heavy & kids often tripped when not in the shoes. Later studies have shown that kids who learn to walk barefoot, have less foot problems in life & fall less.

In brief: Avoiding falls

Years ago parents put kids in "walking shoes" which bypassed some of the natural toe-walking in toddlers & was thought to support their feet.
The shoes were heavy & kids often tripped when not in the shoes. Later studies have shown that kids who learn to walk barefoot, have less foot problems in life & fall less.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, as they receive

more proprioceptive-kinesthetic input - where their lower extremities are in relation to other body parts & in relation to environmental objects.
In Alabama, we used to say, "When walking outside, shoes are for keeping feet safe from sharp objects." But it was warm there. As Dr. F said, those old stiff Buster Browns that limited ankle foot dorsiflexion hindered development of heel-toe strike.

In brief: Yes, as they receive

more proprioceptive-kinesthetic input - where their lower extremities are in relation to other body parts & in relation to environmental objects.
In Alabama, we used to say, "When walking outside, shoes are for keeping feet safe from sharp objects." But it was warm there. As Dr. F said, those old stiff Buster Browns that limited ankle foot dorsiflexion hindered development of heel-toe strike.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Walk

It will allow them to begin to walk when their muscles are ready.
..Not before.

In brief: Walk

It will allow them to begin to walk when their muscles are ready.
..Not before.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Dr. Steven Frydman
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