Health Watch — The Right Fit: Shoes

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about making sure the things in your children’s lives fit them properly. As quickly as children grow, parents should check their children’s shoes every few weeks to make sure they still fit.

Dr. Philip Wilson, an orthopaedic surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the wrong size shoe can cause foot problems. Check shoe fit when the child is standing. There should be half the width of an adult’s thumbnail between the tips of the toes and the front of the shoes, and the shoe should be wide enough to not cramp the toes. Infants don’t need shoes except to keep their feet warm or until they’re walking and might be on potentially hazardous surfaces. When shoes become necessary, Dr. Wilson recommends well-ventilated soft shoes with soft, flexible soles.  

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April 2008

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