On the website of the American Podiatric Medical Association, is this advice regarding children’s footwear with this graphic provided by the children’s shoe manufacturer, StrideRite.
It is not too dissimilar to the advice that I have seen being widely given for the use of children’s shoes. Where a problem arises is that I periodically come across comments in social media calling out the APMA on what they are advising, asking how robust the advice is and what is the evidence supporting the advice that they are given. I have yet to ever see the APMA respond. Here the most recent couple that I have seen:
— JF Esculier (@JFEsculier) January 14, 2017
— Kevin Maggs (@RunningReform) January 14, 2017