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Feet First

By Sean Fyfe
on April 09, 2018

Parents worry about a lot of things when it comes to their kids, but one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is their feet.

There is a tendency to become concerned by the appearance of flat feet, but never fear, all kids have a degree of flat feet, sometimes until they are nine years old.

There are a few reasons for this.

Firstly, their little nerves and muscles are still learning to work together to support the arch, and store and release energy more efficiently upon contacting the ground. In toddlers, there remains a little pad of fat that will take some time to disappear. Feet being turned out more in early life can also accentuate the appearance.

Gradually, these causes will decrease over time and the arch will develop.

Kids feet and ankle joints are much more flexible than in adults. In early childhood, the best thing parents can do is keep their kids barefoot.  When this isn’t possible, kids should be as close to barefoot as possible. Treddies were developed for this exact purpose.

Parents should encourage activities that involve balancing, climbing, hopping and running to help the supporting muscles of the foot and ankle develop, to produce strong and efficient lower limbs.

Of course, if you notice there is pain or inhibited function, such as your child not being able to run, jump or hop like the other kids, your little one may be suffering from symptomatic flat feet. In this case, a health professional should be consulted. The most likely solution being a specific exercise program to get their little tootsies back on track.

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Why Treddies?

By Sean Fyfe
on March 22, 2018

Research shows that walking and running barefoot, particularly in early childhood, stimulates the nerves and muscles to develop a strong and vital structure in our children’s feet.

Walking barefoot isn’t always an option though. Hot summer concrete can burn little toes, cold tootsies can cause sniffles, and then there are all the nasties that lurk on the ground, like sharp rocks and glass.

Sometimes parenthood is about finding the balance between what is ideal and what it realistic. Conventional shoes, while safe, don’t quite provide that balance – literally, for some little ones.

Treddies contribute to better foot development in children, compared to conventional shoes, by:

  • Allowing for increased nerve stimulation and muscle activation.
  • Promoting the development of stronger bones and connective tissues.
  • Assisting your child in learning to absorb impact on the ground with their own muscles.
  • Helping your child develop more efficient movement patterns and therefore be less prone to lower limb injuries through life.

This isn’t all just marketing mumbo-jumbo either. There is real science behind it:

“Optimum foot development occurs in the barefoot environment... shoe selection for children should be based on the barefoot model”
Paediatrics: Journal of the American Academy of Paediatrics
“…slimmer and more flexible children’s shoes do not change foot motion as much as conventional shoes …. And should be recommended for healthy children”
Gait and Posture Journal
“Small children should have a sports shoe which is as flexible as their own foot…… there is a growing necessity for adequate mechanical stimuli to help the muscles and bones develop”
Foot and Ankle Surgery Journal

So, why Treddies? Because Treddies shoe socks are designed with your child’s growth and development in mind, helping them become efficient, healthy and happy little movers.

The best thing you can do for your child’s feet is to have them comfortable and protected, and as close to barefoot as possible.

And all babies and toddlers deserve the best start possible.

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Parents...want your kids to be good at sport when they grow up?

By Sean Fyfe
on February 26, 2016

So you would love one day for your children to be good at sport. But they are only very young now and it is way too early for them to be playing organised sport or getting coached. Below you can also find a sales coupon for treddies.

Well the pre sport participation and pre coaching time is considered by many as even more important than the years when they are actually specifically playing a sport. This is when they are developing their balance, body awareness and gross motor skills.   These are the building blocks of all sport skills. Without them and hoping your children will be good at sport is like trying to build a house without putting the slab down first. If kids start playing sport with those building block skills they will learn quicker, enjoy the early experiences in sport more and begin developing a mindset of competence.

So here’s four things you can do to help these building block skills develop you do to help these skills develop:

  1. Space – Be in an open space with you children and if possible with other kids around. The environment is one of the most crucial factors in determining the amount and type of movement young children are performing. 
  1. Equipment – Young children most often don’t want to be told how to play or what to play with. So just be subtle and leave things like balls, bats, sticks or mini racquets around and you will find they will start to use them in unique and wonderful ways. Often they will loose interest quickly and return later to use the equipment another way.
  1. Climbing - As often as possible expose them to areas where they can climb. Climbing is the ultimate body awareness and strength activity for young children.  
  1. Spontaneous Play – Play as many incidental and spontaneous games as possible that involve your children moving. Things like hide and seek, jumping on the bed or mimicking animal movements. Whatever pops into your mind and just run with it.

And what shoes should they be doing it in……preferably none. Barefoot is best, but barefoot isn’t always possible so the next best thing are Treddies – Designed in Australia to provide barefoot flexibility.  You can use this coupon until Sunday midnight the 28/2/16 to receive $10 off to cover your shipping when you buy any 2 pair of Treddies - AX12WASXCHHB.


Parents STOP! Don't make this common mistake when it comes to feet.

By Sean Fyfe
on September 26, 2015

Recently we had a comment on our facebook page along the lines of treddies don’t provide enough arch support for “over pronators”… here it is from the Treddies expert Physiotherapist on what you must know about your child’s flat feet.

Pronation is the motion of the foot as it strikes the ground whereby the ankle and foot roll inwards.  The reason we all pronate to some degree is to absorb the impact of the ground as well as to store energy that is released as we push off the ground. 

As adults, depending on a number of factors, we all pronate to varying degrees.  Some adults are considered to over pronate or pronate too much which can create problems.

However, children and in particular first walkers and toddlers are different.  It is medically recognised that all young children have flat feet.  Sometimes this can be confused with “over pronation”, but flat feet in children is not a problem it is normal.  As young children develop, their arches gradually begin to emerge so that at least by the age of 5 years healthy children will be demonstrating arches. 

It is in these early years that we need to encourage as much sensory information as possible going to the central nervous system from the soles of the feet.  This is how young children’s nervous system learns to use the lower leg and instrinsic arch muscles.  It is these muscles developing over time that help young children’s arches form along with their efficient movement.  So giving young children lots of arch support actually inhibits this important developmental process.

This is why health professionals advocate for young children to spend as much time as possible barefoot and when they are not barefoot, to be as close possible to barefoot. That way their feet and nervous systems are getting proper stimulation and giving their arches the best chance to develop.  Times when they can’t be barefoot would include environments that are unsafe because of sharp or unknown objects, when it is very cold or even some social situations.

So don’t be alarmed.  It is normal for young children to have flat feet.  And in fact most adults with flat feet don’t have problems as long as the muscles in their lower legs and feet are functioning well.  First walkers, toddlers and young children don’t need arch support, but rather they need shoes that are well fitted and flexible that creates an environment for their arches to develop.

Treddies have been specifically designed to meet the recommendations of health professionals.  The thin, flexible and well-fitted sole provides the optimal environment for foot and lower limb development.  We advocate that parents should follow health recommendations to allow children to be barefoot as much as possible and use Treddies for the times when they require 

Will the wrong shoes inhibit your child's learning to kick?

By Sean Fyfe
on September 26, 2015

From the age of 18 months old children can start to make contact with their foot to a ball on the ground and from the age of 2 years they are able to start kicking with direction control and more power.

To optimise your children’s kicking development you want shoes that meet the following two standards:

  1. The shoes must have a flexible sole and ankle region.  Young kids including all toddlers should be in flexible soled shoes regardless.  For kicking it’s important that they can balance on the ground while moving into position and their ankle can move freely to allow them to naturally position the foot for kicking. 
  2. Some protection at the toe is very helpful for when they do connect with the toes.  Kids should learn to kick with the top of the foot so the toes are pointing down, but when they are learning they commonly strike the ball with their toes.  Some basic toe covering helps protect and build their kicking confidence.

So the answer is “yes”.  The wrong shoes – stiff inflexible shoes – will inhibit children’s learning to kick.

Treddies are the latest in shoe design to help optimise young children’s movement skills …..from first walkers up to 4 years old.   Treddies have been specifically developed by a leading Sports Physiotherapist to be the right shoes for your children’s feet, and will help them learn to kick and move with balance.

You'll never choose thick soled shoes again for your child after reading this!

By Sean Fyfe
on September 25, 2015

Ever wondered how kids feet work? Well, in a nutshell here it is…….

We start with all these little nerve endings in the sole of the foot as well as in the joints and connective tissues.  These nerve endings are constantly sending information back to the brain.

The brain over time learns to understand all this information and then activate the right muscles, at the right time, in the right sequences to store and transfer energy efficiently and produce a foot ankle that adapts well to the environment.  What we see is kids becoming more balanced, faster and more able to operate in different surfaces like grass or sand.

So it all starts with the sensory information from the feet and ankle going to the brain.  Without this, the brain doesn’t have the opportunity to try and understand it and has less information to work with when it tries to activate the muscles the most efficient way.

This learning in terms of the nerves and muscles coordinating in the foot and ankle happens at a subconscious level.  So it will just be happening all the time in the background.

It makes sense then that we need to afford kids feet the opportunity to learn how to control their arches and store and release energy when contacting the ground.  We need from a young age to get as much sensory information to the brain coming from the feet and ankle.

It is now widely acknowledged that stiff, thick-soled shoes stop this sensory information getting through to the brain. That’s why medical professionals now recommend that at least up until the age of 10 years, physically healthy kids spend a lot of time bare feet or as close as possible to bare feet.

Are your toddlers shoes setting them up for injury?

By Sean Fyfe
on September 25, 2015

Kids from the very moment they start walking should be barefoot or as close to barefoot as possible….. And that is exactly what the research says!

A study done in 1999 showed the major difference between kids walking in shoes and barefoot is that with shoes their stride length increases. 

So what does this mean?

Firstly, the more young kids wear cumbersome shoes, the more they will adopt a walking and running pattern with an increased stride length. 

Why is this a problem?

Because with an increased stride length comes a decreased stride rate, or in other words longer steps with a decrease in the number of steps a minute.  Gait and running analysis shows this equates to more decelerating shock delivered through the lower limb joints upon striking the ground each time.  This is why sports medicine professionals pinpoint an increase in stride length and a decrease in stride rate in runners as one of the most common causes of many chronic lower limb injuries.

So the number one thing you can do as a parent to help your kids develop the best possible movement patterns from a young age and not be an overstrider to reduce there risk to injury is to have them barefoot or as close to barefoot as possible.

Treddies….. as close to barefoot as it gets!

What shoes should babies learn to walk in?

By Sean Fyfe
on September 25, 2015

The short answer to this question is none.  But of course every parent knows that this not always possible

From about the age of 6 to 7 months babies will start hitting some major milestones that are taking them closer to independent walking.  

At around 7 months babies can begin to walk with help and possibly start combat crawling at around the same time.  At 9 months many babies are crawling and pulling themselves to stand.  Then at 10 months they can start cruising around furniture and by 12 months it is when on average babies start walking independently.  It’s important to keep in mind here that every child’s developmental journey is different and the timeline for these milestones can vary a couple of months either way.

But babies won’t just be doing these things at home.  They’ll be attempting and mastering them everywhere you go.  They are entering a whole new world of exploration and will rarely sit still.  Sometimes barefoot will be just fine, but other times you want to know your baby’s feet are protected or warm in the winter.

What they need is footwear that keeps them as close to barefoot as possible.  Footwear that will allow them to safely and effectively master their milestones and explore new environments.  Footwear that is thin and flexible but protective as well as close fitting and comfortable, not cumbersome shoes where your baby can’t feel their feet.  

The purpose made Treddies shoe sock has been designed to be exactly all these things.  Check out theTreddies shoe sock online here.

Welcome to Treddies

By Olwen Fyfe
on September 25, 2015

Welcome to the first Treddies blog! We are very happy to finally have a product we can share with you and your little monsters.

Treddies were ‘born’ when our first little monster was learning to walk. My husband, with his physiotherapy background, was constantly explaining to me the benefits of kids learning to walk in bare feet (check out Treddies Trends for some cool facts about bare foot walking). However it was the middle of winter when Monster Number One started to explore the world on two feet which meant, safety issues aside, barefoot outside was an even less attractive option than it would have been in the warmer months.  I noticed that Monster Number One stumbled and fell a lot more when I had her in shoes. Similarly when she wore socks indoors, even the ones with the rubber dots, it was like watching a giraffe on ice.  So I went on the hunt for shoes that were both protective and flexible and I couldn’t find anything suitable anywhere. One day, as I watched Monster Number One totter unsteadily on her pins, I was complaining to my husband for the hundredth time about the lack of suitable footwear and he said   ‘why don’t we just design some and get them made?’.  So we did!  Treddies are designed to offer protection while being flexible, affordable, machine washable and cute!  Our first collection is inspired by some of Monster Number One's favourite nursery rhymes and songs.

We hope your little monsters love Treddies as much as we do -

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