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How can I make sure I am getting good baby shoes?

How can I make sure I am getting good baby shoes?

Baby shoes: Just pick something with a flexible sole that when the baby/child stands there is enough room for your entire thumb from the toe to the end of the shoe. ...Read more

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Is it good for babies when they are first learning to walk to wear shoes?

Is it good for babies when they are first learning to walk to wear shoes?

Depends...: For learning to walk around the house it is best for a baby to be barefoot. The sensitivity of the bottom of the foot is important for balance. Once the baby is walking, it will be easier to transition to shoes. If the child is outside and mobile (walking or crawling) shoes are important for protection. ...Read more

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Do shoes help babies' feet develop properly?

No: Babies don't need shoes to develop or learn to walk at all. For safety and cold protection away from home, they are a good idea, but learning to walk "au naturale" is the best for natural foot and walk/run development. ...Read more

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Why is it better for babies to learn to walk without shoes?

Why is it better for babies to learn to walk without shoes?

Protect if needed: Years ago parents were pushed into buying clunky, heavy shoes for a kid to learn to walk but we no now most will do better without. They often had more falls if they learned with shoes. Today we understand the feet firm up on their own & only need coverage for the environment they are in. Bare feet or rubberized socks are great indoors & simple flexible foot coverings are ok for outside. ...Read more

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Is it true that babies should only use baby walkers if they are wearing shoes?

Is it true that babies should only use baby walkers if they are wearing shoes?

No walker at all: I never recommend walkers at all.About 1/3 of kids in them will suffer a fall accompanied by a head injury.They may offer an easy source of entertainment and or ease baby monitoring, but a playpen is safer and doesn't increase injury risk. ...Read more

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Should you get crutches and keep off of a sural nerve injury?

Should you get crutches and keep off of a  sural nerve injury?

Immobilize: The sural nerve is a purely sensory nerve that supplies the outside of the lower leg and outer edge of the foot. It enters the foot behind the malleolus(bump) of the outer ankle. Injury can be aggravated by movement of the ankle because tendons of the ankle travel with the nerve. Resting the sural nerve will help it heal. ...Read more

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Can sweat&moist cause redness between big toes of a 9M baby? He swims every week. Also uses shoes a lot. Have you seen this on babies? Is it common?

Can sweat&moist cause redness between big toes of a 9M baby? He swims every week. Also uses shoes a lot. Have you seen this on babies? Is it common?

It happens: Generally a kid that age should avoid shoes. Many trap moisture and can lead to the equivalent of a diaper rash, especially between the toes.Rubbery soled socks are the only things I put on kids feet at that age.Any shoes you buy for show, should breathe well while on the feet. Patent leather or plastic are the worst offenders. ...Read more

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I came on this site to find out at what age babies put feet in their mouths. The 'crafted' baby shoes from Etsy came and smell so toxic, not safe?

I came on this site to find out at what age babies put feet in their mouths.  The 'crafted' baby shoes from Etsy came and smell so toxic, not safe?

At 9-10 month age: Normally babies start putting feet in mouth by 9-10 months of age . Better not to use shoes at very early age , it may hurt the baby . ...Read more

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The orthopedic md found a labral tear on my mri. Why did he ask me if i wore baby shoes with a metal bar when i was an infant, (which i did)?

The orthopedic md found a labral tear on my mri. Why did he ask me if i wore baby shoes with a metal bar when i was an infant, (which i did)?

Not sure: Your lower extremity alignment and labral tears in shoulders are unrelated.Possibly he noted your lower extremity alignment on his general exam and was making orthopedic" small talk".! ...Read more

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