Probably no phase of pediatrics is subject to more pitfalls of misinformation, mismanagement and lack of a sound understanding than the general problem of children's feet. Because of many factors, the medical profession in great part has neglected this particular field and left it to some of the cults, to shoe manufacturers and, more especially, to shoe salesmen for development and in some instances for exploitation. Apparently most physicians have considered the entire problem of feet to be beneath them, figuratively as well as literally. A growing demand on the part of parents for direction in the care of their children's feet has made the pediatrician particularly aware of the need of a more comprehensive knowledge of the development, anatomy, physiology and general care of these important structures.
Too much of the information regarding this subject has come from the commercial efforts of shoe manufacturers, appliance sales
CHANDLER FA. CHILDREN'S FEET, NORMAL AND PRESENTING COMMON ABNORMALITIES. Am J Dis Child. 1942;63(6):1136–1146. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1942.02010060120010
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