INACTIVE KIDS, DYSFUNCTIONAL FEET AND SHOE-SHAPED SHOES: A NEW PANDEMIC
Children are designed to move, and their health depends on it . Sadly, over 80% fail to meet the daily activity goals recommended by the World Health Organisation . Record levels of childhood obesity and associated diseases are the consequence . Increasing physical activity in school PE to tackle the crisis has only resulted in higher injury rates . Dysfunctional feet are an overlooked source of the injuries and pain that can discourage an active lifestyle [5, 6]. Impaired toe function is common in children and leads to high plantar pressures during weight bearing . High plantar pressures are uncomfortable and reliably predict childhood inactivity [7, 8, 9]. The vicious cycle of foot dysfunction, movement-related pain and inactivity must be attacked at the root. Toe dysfunction starts early and is caused by badly designed shoes at odds with the toe spread characteristic of children’s feet [6, 10]. Shoes that permit natural toe spread will maintain their function  allowing kids to enjoy a lifetime of pain-free movement and health.
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