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If the Shoe Fits ...

Make sure your kids wear the right size

Children face many problems if they wear shoes that don't fit properly, including bunions, blisters, calluses and inflammation of the growth centers of the bones, says the California Podiatric Medical Association.

Fortunately, these problems can be prevented. When buying shoes for kids, make sure:

  • You shop late in the day because feet expand during the day;
  • You measure both feet and have the shoes fit the larger foot if they differ in size;
  • You allow a half-inch of room from the longest toes to the end of the shoe;
  • The child wears the same kind of socks usually worn;
  • The child walks in the shoes to check for flexibility and to ensure he or she doesn't slip out of them.
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