Djamel Bouhabib, chiropodist and president of the French Union for Foot Health, was the guest of the program Sans rendez-vous on Thursday on Europe 1. He gave advice on how to put on the right shoes for children: avoid sneakers, Velcro shoes or even not sharing shoes between children.

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Sans rendez-vous

Thursday on Europe 1, Djamel Bouhabib, chiropodist and president of the French Union for Foot Health, gave some advice for taking care of the feet of young children.

Because feet badly treated in childhood can have consequences in adulthood.

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Avoid sneakers

"Sneakers are not shoes," said Djamel Bouhabib.

"The materials are not the same and the consequences on the development of the foot are not the same. As long as possible, the real shoe should be favored," he continued.

For him, the ideal shoe must meet several criteria: wide at the front so that the toes can move sufficiently, with lacing, soft leather, and a semi-flexible or semi-rigid sole to absorb contact shocks.

He also warned against scratching, often privileged for practical reasons: "the scratch does not keep the foot well confined in the shoe".

Djamel Bouhabib also advised high shoes, for children with flat feet, with the "ankle twisting inside".

"The high shoes will help maintain the axis of the ankle," he says.

Do not share shoes between children

Podiatrist Djamel Bouhabib recommended avoiding sharing shoes between children.

"The problem is that the shoe will have conformed to the shape of the foot. We therefore risk transmitting the problems of the older child to the second child. Shoes are personal, this is not the place to be. savings, ”he explained.

"A real good shoe is essential to allow the foot to develop a harmonious growth. If not, there is a risk of contracture, or of toes which will claw themselves" which favors hollow feet, has t -He insists.

Do not put shoes on babies

"There is no point in putting shoes on an infant when he is not walking. On the contrary, parents should be encouraged to leave their feet as free as possible", explained the podiatrist.

Babies' feet are made up of fatty deposits that will increase the bearing surface at ground level.

"It is during the first steps that this fatty mass will have all its interest: to allow better apprehension of the contact with the ground", detailed Djamel Bouhabib.

"We must not try to make babies walk too quickly, or put them on too quickly," he concludes.