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Make Sure Kids’ Shoes Fit Well

Kids need sturdy, supportive shoes that fit their growing feet.

Here are some shoe-shopping suggestions from the American Podiatric Medical Association:

  • Every few months, your child will probably outgrow shoes and socks.
  • Poorly-fitted shoes can irritate your child’s feet. Measure feet at each shopping trip, and inspect feet often for signs of irritation.
  • Don’t let your child wear secondhand shoes. They may not fit correctly, and may spread fungal infections.
  • Check the heels of your child’s shoes for uneven wear.
  • Let your child shop for shoes and help decide which to buy. Buy the size that fits the larger foot.
  • Have your child try on shoes with a favorite pair of socks. Make sure the shoes are comfortable right away.

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