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To the Editor:—
While examining a large number of young children for various foot and leg conditions, I have noticed an increasing tendency on the part of mothers to dress these children in stretch socks, some of which are rather snug fitting over the toes and cause quite a bit of bending and curving of the toes, particularly of the big and little ones. Knowing the effects of even relatively minor elastic pressure on the bending of bones, I wonder whether physicians should tend to advise against using this type of sock until some more definite investigative work has been done to show that there will be no ill-effects on the elastic-cartilaginous structures of children's small feet. I would like other physicians to consider this problem also. Possibly they will be stimulated to investigative action.
Harell A. STRETCH SOCKS. JAMA. 1956;160(11):997. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960460075022