Part of Chapter 13 . . .
Findings from Examination of 441 Children's Feet
(The book provided detailed results from an extensive study performed between 1957 and 1960)
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(Many tables and results omitted)
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Barefooted Children Have Better Feet
Many mothers told us they objected to their children going barefoot because of the danger of catching colds, injuries, lack of support for the feet, dirtiness, feet growing large, etc.
|TABLE 10||- children's feet were:|
|Mothers who objected to their children going barefoot||
|Mothers who had no objection to their children going barefoot||
|Key: E||- Excellent feet|
|G||- Good feet|
|F||- Fair feet|
|P||- Poor feet|
|VP||- Very poor feet|
(Each mother was asked, but only those with strong opinions for or against going barefoot were counted.)
As was evident from Table 7 (not shown here) , children who had the opportunity of going barefoot a great deal, had less deformed toes, greater flexor strength, more ability to spread the toes. They also had denser muscles on the bottom of the feet; greater agility than those who had never gone barefoot, with a wider range of hip circumduction and more flexibility of the gluteal and hamstring muscles, and therefore, more ability to touch the toes when the knees were held stiff.