Health Watch — School Days: New Shoes

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about getting ready to go back to school. Back-to-school shopping is a traditional part of getting ready for the new school year, and buying new school shoes is a big part of that. When you buy new school shoes, it’s important that the shoes fit well.

Dr. Philip Wilson, an orthopedic surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says shoes that are the wrong size can cause foot problems, and children’s feet grow so rapidly you may need to check the fit every few weeks. Check fit when children are standing. There should be space the width of half the length of an adult’s thumbnail between the child’s toe and the end of the shoe. There also needs to be enough room from side-to side that toes don’t cramp. When buying new shoes for children, check the size each time and have shoes professionally fit.

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August 2008

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