Health Watch - Springtime: New Shoes

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about springtime traditions. Buying new Easter outfits is a common springtime ritual in many families. When you buy new Easter shoes for your children, make sure they fit properly.

Dr. Michael VanPelt, an orthopaedic surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says ill-fitting shoes may affect foot development and cause leg or back pain. Shop for shoes in the afternoon or evening because feet tend to swell during the day. Allow about a finger’s width between the end of the longest toe and the toe of the shoe to give room for growth. Most people’s feet aren’t exactly the same size, so fit shoes to the larger foot. When choosing children’s shoes, avoid backless shoes. Easter dress shoes for little girls shouldn’t have high heels because they can lead to injury or poor foot development. Look for shoes with supportive arches and good traction. 

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April 2009

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