Special shoes for children

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Special shoes for children
Special shoes help children with disabilities. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Special shoes often correct orthopaedic foot and ankle problems in children. These shoes have various names including therapeutic, orthopaedic and medical. A doctor needs to evaluate a child and determine which type of therapeutic shoe the child needs. The type of shoe and length of use depends on the kind of deformity or foot problem that is diagnosed.

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Shoes for Pigeon Toes

In the past, special shoes were often used for children with pigeon toes or turned-in feet. These shoes looked like they were on opposite feet. The purpose was to push the inward turning foot to a more normal position. FamilyDoctor.org states that these shoes rarely help children with pigeon toes. But if the in-turned feet do not begin to straighten by the time the child is 4 to 6 months old, a doctor sometimes prescribes inward turning shoes or braces to correct the problem.

Orthopaedic Boots

Orthopaedic boots support weak ankles in children with various disabilities and ankle problems. The boot is higher than a typical shoe, with ankle straps that secure the boot and provide added support. This type of orthopaedic device encourages the child to walk in a more direct line and supports her ankles in the process. Children with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy often use these shoes for foot and ankle support.

Arch Support

Some children's feet have high arches. Shoes with a built up base and insole called a wedgie, help to correct high arches in some children. Wedgies provide added support to the rest of the foot and realign the position of the foot. According to FamilyDoctor.org, most high arches in children correct themselves without treatment.

Seek Medical Advice for Special Shoe Use

Parents should not purchase orthopaedic or therapeutic shoes for their children without a doctor's advice. Special shoes may not correct all defects. Most orthopaedic, therapeutic or medical shoe providers require a prescription before they will fit a child for a special shoe. These are called orthotic prescriptions. Orthotic prescriptions include directions on proper fitting for each child and his specific shoe needs.

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