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shoes, orthopedicOrthopedic shoes or corrective shoes are appropriate only when prescribed for a definite medical condition by a competent physician, preferably a pediatric orthopedist. A shoe salesman will not do. The best shoes for babies are often the cheap little tennis shoes from the discount store, because they allow the foot to flex and be exercised normally, and they don't last long enough to be grown out of (causing cramping of the foot in the shoe).
Orthopedic shoes may be legitimately prescribed for conditions in which the foot has been pushed out of proper alignment by prenatal pressure on the foot caused by the cramped conditions in utero.