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Health Tip: Shopping for Teens' Shoes

Consider fit and function

(HealthDay News) -- While you're shoe shopping with a teen, make sure you both understand the shoes fit and function before making a purchase.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these tips:

  • Shop for shoes that fit the activity your teen will be doing, be it basketball or ballet.
  • Have feet measured at the store to make sure you get the right fit. Choose a shoe that fits comfortably, instead of focusing on brand or size.
  • Skip backless shoes and opt for those that offer support at the front, sides and back, with a flexible ball of the sole and firm middle.
  • Inspect midsoles and tread, and replace shoes when they show wear.
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