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Health Tip: Shopping for Children's Shoes

Young feet can grow quickly

(HealthDay News) -- When shopping for a young child's shoes, it's important to consider more than just how cute the miniature footwear is.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these tips for shoe-shopping parents:

  • Your child's feet may grow quickly, and sock and shoe sizes can change rapidly.
  • Poorly fitted shoes can cause irritation and pain, so always measure the foot before a shoe purchase and make sure shoes feel comfortable.
  • Don't share shoes or have your child wear secondhand shoes.
  • Once your child begins wearing the shoes, frequently inspect the heels, which often wear most quickly. Uneven wear may indicate a foot problem.
  • Let your child participate in shoe shopping.
  • Always try on shoes while wearing socks or tights.
  • If feet are different sizes, buy the size that fits the larger foot.
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