Don’t rely on stated shoe size

Children at risk for foot deformity due to wrong size shoes

Many young children are wearing shoes that are too small, according to the results of a study presented at the 2009 AAOS Annual Meeting. As a result, these children may be at high risk for having serious foot deformities.

“Improper footwear is well recognized to be an extrinsic factor regarding the development of forefoot deformities. Small forefoot boxes in children’s footwear could impair toe function and proper development and promote early establishment of forefoot deformity,” said lead author Norman Espinosa, MD, of the University of Zürich.

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