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Do shoes help babies' feet develop properly?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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Dr. Vadim Glukh
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

In certain cases we prescribe shoes that help to re-align the malposition of the foot bones/ joints.
However, shoes are often culpable for causing foot deformity when not fitted properly!

In brief: Sometimes

In certain cases we prescribe shoes that help to re-align the malposition of the foot bones/ joints.
However, shoes are often culpable for causing foot deformity when not fitted properly!
Dr. Vadim Glukh
Dr. Vadim Glukh
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Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

We have had feet a lot longer than we have had shoes.
Babies only need shoes when they are walking on rough surfaces. Some intoed feet may improve with shoes, but normal feet do not need shoes to develop. Avoid sandals and flip flop type shoes - the help babies fall down.

In brief: No

We have had feet a lot longer than we have had shoes.
Babies only need shoes when they are walking on rough surfaces. Some intoed feet may improve with shoes, but normal feet do not need shoes to develop. Avoid sandals and flip flop type shoes - the help babies fall down.
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually not

They can protect and look nice, but they are not necessary until they start walking outdoors.

In brief: Usually not

They can protect and look nice, but they are not necessary until they start walking outdoors.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Dr. Joseph Newman
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Generally not

For infants, shoes are mainly for the protection of feet from trauma.

In brief: Generally not

For infants, shoes are mainly for the protection of feet from trauma.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Babies' feet develop fine without shoes.
Shoes may be worn to protect a baby's feet while he is walking or climbing on wet, muddy, dirty, or sharp/rough surfaces.

In brief: No

Babies' feet develop fine without shoes.
Shoes may be worn to protect a baby's feet while he is walking or climbing on wet, muddy, dirty, or sharp/rough surfaces.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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