When Big Sis was born, she had a slight case of Positional Talipes. In a very simplistic nutshell, her feet had been squished up for so long in the womb that after she was born they remained a teensy bit turned in.
We were assured they’d straighten out in time – most certainly by the time she started walking. They did to some degree, but there was still a marked ‘Pigeon Toe’ look to her feet – particularly on the right.
So began a series of disastrous visits to foot doctors with high-falutin’ titles. They all said the same thing – it’ll straighten out by itself. Except it didn’t. It wasn’t a huge deal. It didn’t seem to bother her, or really stop her from doing anything, but it was enough to be noticeable and we didn’t want her to feel self conscious when she was older.
My osteopath (AKA, The Miracle Worker) recommended that we let her go barefoot as much as possible, as this would help her feet to spread out properly, engage all the muscles, and pull the foot outwards again. All very well when were at home, but not so practical in colder weather, or when we were out and about.
So I was interested to read about VIVOBAREFOOT. Basically, they dispel the idea that shoes need to be snug fitting, and with arch supports and cushioned heels. Their shoes are stripped back to basics. They’re cut nice and wide, so the feet have plenty of space to stretch and move. The soles are thin and uncushioned, so your feet, nerves and leg muscles react naturally to the ground underneath. It’s like going barefoot, in shoes.
The VIVOBAREFOOT team very kindly agreed to send out a pair of the PALLY sandals for Big Sis to try. The ‘Mary-Jane’ style went with most outfits, so I pretty much put her in them every day over Summer.
Nearly two months on I’ve seen a definite improvement, not just in her feet when she’s standing still, but also in the way she walks. She even seems to run easier (hence the picture above…).
I can’t say for sure if it’s all down the the VIVOBAREFOOT shoes, but that’s the only thing I’ve done differently, so draw your own conclusions!!
I’m convinced enough to look at buying the trainer-style shoes now the colder months are approaching. At £42 they’re at the costlier end of the scale for kids’ shoes, but it’s a price I’m more than willing to pay to help Big Sis put her best foot forward (see what I did there..?). www.vivobarefoot.com
• The VIVOBAREFOOT sandals were provided for the purpose of this review