Cortese put out a message on Instagram after people began to criticize her for having her 1-year-old son, Christoper “CJ” John, not wear shoes.
Cortese shared a text that appears to be sent to her, along with her response.
“Bc he needs braces on his feet and he can’t wear sneakers … we’ve been to the doctors and (had) xrays.”
She directly addresses the fact that she doesn’t put shoes on CJ, making sure to add quotes where necessary.
“It’s not that I ‘don’t’ put shoes on him … he literally can’t get shoes on his right foot.”
Cortese revealed that CJ has metatarsus adductus, a foot deformity that babies can be born with.
The condition causes the front half of a child’s foot to turn inward. Wearing braces can solve the problem, or they might outgrow it.
“I appreciate the concerning messages but maybe come in asking and not telling .. that doesn’t make a mother feel great ??♀️ CJ has Metatarsus Adductus.. and will be getting night braces to get it corrected.”
samcollier21 responded to one of Cortese’s Instagram posts by sharing her own story.
“My daughter had it VERY bad and I just noticed in the last 2 months that it is finally correcting itself like the doctor said it would. She is now 2 years and 5 months! Don’t worry about what anyone thinks or says!”
Cortese was pretty clear: Don’t mess with me and what I decide to do for my kid.
“I’ve been getting a lot of messages about CJs feet, how he walks and other mothers ridiculing me for not putting shoes on him at 1 years old ..
Please before messaging me telling me what I should do or asking and making comments about why he’s not wearing shoes.. maybe ask if I’ve already looked into what you see could be wrong.”
Cortese also explained how she’s aware of the situation and are working to remedy it.
“He’s had it since he was born but we noticed it at 10 months when he started walking .. the doctor says it’s common and we’ve been on top of it.
Unfortunately his right foot has an extreme case and he literally can not get a shoe on .. that is why CJ isn’t in shoes and just socks and booties.”
Cortese said another valid point — that she sees what’s going on with her child before anyone else does.
If that wasn’t the case, then she wouldn’t be doing her job as a mom.
“More than likely I have ..anything you guys notice about my son .. I most likely noticed it before anyone else.. I just didn’t think it was necessary to let anyone know why his feet went the way they do .. or the reason he’s not wearing shoes.”