Saturday, February 13, 2010


I once knew a boy who had worn shoes so much too small that his feet had become deformed. Fortunately that was correctable without the need of surgery because he was still young and flexible, but I understand in past years that sort of deformity wasn't uncommon.
However other foot problems can still cause a lot of problems for children and adults. Children born without toes may have balance problems and difficulty learning to walk and feet are easily injured. Even seemingly minor things like fallen arches can limit mobility in a small way, though most problems like that are correctable. (For help with minor foot problems I strongly recommend a book called Fixing Your Feet by John Vonhof.)
And there are many major foot problems that seriously limit people's lifestyles and are certainly disabilities.
Fortunately we live in the 21st century and many things besides crutches and canes now exist to assist with mobility problems. In past posts I've mentioned some of the contraptions like artificial hands that can be electronically controlled by the brain. While things like that are expensive and not options for everyone, foot problems are much easier to deal with than they used to be.


  1. Thank God for pediatrists. And massage therapists. Not many things in life more soothing than a foot message.

    Stephen Tremp

  2. I'm taking note of that book to see if there's some help for my mom. You're right that there's a lot that can be done these days to correct foot issues. It's finding the right thing that really takes time.

  3. Thank you for the comments. You're both right, there are lots of things to help with feet that I didn't specifically mention.