Barefoot baby walking on nursery floor, Photo credit Freepik

In many religions, it is a cultural custom to worship before entering a holy place. In the summer, it is common for Australians to go barefoot, while for Indians it is culturally important. In South Africa, barefoot walking is a way of dressing for both children and adults. while in some schools in the UK children are allowed to come barefoot but in the classroom. Also, many sports include barefoot vests, such as beach volleyball, gymnastics, martial arts, etc. If you have strong feet, you can walk, run, bike, and more. Studies have shown the great benefits of reflexology for barefoot and foot stimulation. Statistics show that standing barefoot on the ground alone has incredible health benefits because we release free radicals and the electrical charge we carry with us. Children and young people differ greatly in terms of physical, social, emotional and cognitive development and their motivation to participate in sports and recreation. Fun is the key to the natural process of children’s development. During the fun, you can organize a variety of games and exercises to strengthen the vault of the feet.

Benefits of going barefoot:

  • Better balance,
  • Correct and firmer posture,
  • Greater circulation,
  • The stronger immune system,
  • Healthier feet.


The American Pediatric Medical Association now recommends keeping children out of shoes for as long as possible, to help children stay healthy.


Children practice with Healthy Stick
Children practice with Healthy Stick


“My Health Stick” is a multi-purpose game. They make a stick with parents as an art game. Children can also propose activities; foot exercises, relay games, music games, warming activities … Kids’ feet can do everything! They can walk, run, paint, create music … Through everyday games and organized activities, their feet become healthy and strong. Foot treatments are the most interesting through children’s games in the natural environment. Games in the sand, mud, stone beach, grass … Some may feel concerned about the safety of going barefoot and worry about the state of their feet! But going barefoot can help to create a stronger body, less joint pain, better posture, more mobility, greater health, and greater freedom.


Closeup of baby's legs while standing, Photo credit rawpixel
Closeup of baby’s legs while standing, Photo credit rawpixel


Allow your child to develop and strengthen their feet naturally:

  •  walking on different smooth surfaces (tiles, parquet)
  •  walking, running on grass,
  •  walking on pebbles on the beach
  •  collecting small toys on the carpet with toes
  •  climbing rough surfaces
  •  play in the yard, in the country, in the mud …
    * Keep your children safe


Reflexology benefit

Reflexology is the process of stimulating nerves on the bottom of the feet to stimulate the immune system, reduce inflammation; pain, reduce blood pressure, reduce stress and tension, and stimulate many other healing processes in the body. Studies have shown great reflexology benefits to going barefoot and stimulating the soles of the feet. Growing up barefoot may play an important role in childhood foot development.


There is always a risk when you are barefoot and the truth is that footwear protects against stings, cuts, burns. There is a risk outside as well as moving barefoot in the house. Various studies have shown that it is healthier to walk barefoot. Barefoot children and adults create a much smaller impact on their heels when walking, and thus much less future diagnoses related to knees, wrists, hips, and spine.



The lowering of the arches of the feet can safely be checked by plantography, as shown. Its advantage is reflected in the following:

  •  objectively measures the status of the arch of the foot,
  •  the data obtained can be statistically presented,
  •  relatively easy to apply to a large number of subjects,
  •  is quite reliable and accurate,
  •  children welcome it,
  •  does not require large material costs.


Thomson's method
Thomson’s method


In plantography, a plastic container is used, at the bottom of which is layered a multilayered gauze, which is evenly soaked with some colored material. Two A4 paper or one larger paper is placed behind the pan. After entering both feet into the pan, the respondent steps out with one foot and the other, leaving a footprint in the middle of the paper. The child can sit on a chair while dipping his feet in color, then he gets up and both feet should simultaneously drop on paper and stand up to let the weight leave an imprint.

The methods used to process plantograms are:

  •  Thomsen’s method,
  •  Chichin’s Method,
  •  method of Russian authors

Thomsen’s method:
1 – 30% represents the first degree of lowering of the feet,
31 – 60% represents the II degree of lowering of the feet,
Over 61% represent grade III foot drop.

The appearance of a normal foot
The appearance of a normal foot


Second degree straight feet
Second degree straight feet

Third degree flat feet
Third degree flat feet


Through play with your child, you can check the level of development of his feet. Also, give yourself and your kid a chance and experience the feeling of green grass, sand under bare feet because you will enjoy it.



Written by

Irena Canji

I am a teacher in kindergarten. I have been working with children aged from three to seven since 2000. Also, I am a mother of two kids. My son is a teenager and my daughter is going to kindergarten. My main goal through the website is to show that the process is more important than the product. In childhood, kids need to play, have fun, learn through their experience.

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