'Jersey Shore' Star Deena Cortese Reveals Son Needs Foot Braces After Being Mom Shamed for the Way He Walks

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Deena Cortese has had enough with the "ridiculing" she has received from mom shamers on her social media.

TheJersey Shore star took to Instagram on Tuesday to clap back at those who frequently call her out for not putting shoes on her 1-year-old son, Christopher "CJ" John and criticizing the way he walks. In a lengthy post, she revealed that her son has metatarsus adductus, a foot deformity that causes the foot to turn inward, and that they are getting braces for his feet to have it corrected.

"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 ..because more than likely I have," she wrote. "Anything you guys notice about my son .. I most likely noticed it before anyone else."

Cortese continued by saying that she didn’t think it was necessary to let anyone know about her son's condition, but that the comments she was receiving "doesn't make a mother feel great."

"CJ has Metatarsus Adductus.. and will be getting night braces to get it corrected .. he’s had it since he was born but we noticed it at 10 months when he started walking," she further explained. "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."

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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 ..because 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 .. 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 .. 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

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The reality star then implored that people "shouldn't call mothers out by telling them what they should do before knowing or asking for facts first."

Cortese and her husband, Chris Buckner, welcomed CJ last January. They recently celebrated his first birthday with a circus-themed celebration.  The family was joined by their Jersey Shore pals, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley.

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CJs first birthday party was so amazing this weekend and I’m not gonna lie I did go a little over the top but it’s my first baby and I get excited! But he enjoyed every minute ..smiling . Walking around .. playing with all his cousins .. spending time with family that he doesn’t see all the time ..playing with all the props and myself as a mother got so many great pictures and videos to show him later on in life to look back in.. some people may not agree on big parties and they feel like they are for the parents .. ( which is fine) but in a way it’s a memory I’ll never forget for my little one and I have a million videos and pictures he’ll have when he’s older .. I want to thank @chocolatecarousel for hitting it out of the park yet again with all the treats and cakes .. I want to thank @carnivalpartiesnyc for making my vision come to life ..all the kids and adults had such a fun time .. I want to thank @618restaurant .. the staff was so helpful and the food was amazing .. and last but not least @magicmomentsnj for capturing every moment possible of the party .. something our family will have forever 🥰

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