The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of kindergarten barefoot policy on the untouched-toes of preschool children, by comparing children who attend kindergarten following the barefoot policy and those attending kindergarten that follow the no-barefoot policy.
A pedoscope was used to record the contact surface area of the soles of the subjects’ feet, which was used to analyse the number of untouched-toes.
A subject was defined as having untouched-toes when there was more than one untouched-toe among the toes of both feet.
Fisher’s exact test was used to examine the difference between the first measurements and the measurements 2 years later for the ratio of subjects with/without untouched-toes.
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