Page 12 THE VILLADOM TIMES I, II, III & IV • August 12, 2009 (NAPSI) As parents and children begin their annual routine of back-to-school shopping, one item is a mustpurchase for every list: shoes that fit properly. That is the advice from podiatrists who say that many adult foot ailments have their origins in childhood and are present at ����������������������������� birth. “Neglecting foot health invites a host of problems and Start back-to-school shopping on the right foot can leave children eligible to injury,” said Dr. Ronald Jensen, president of the American Podiatric Medical Association. “It is highly important that parents purchase children’s footwear that offers the proper support and fit necessary to keep a child’s feet safe both at school and at home.” The APMA offers these tips to help assure parents that a shoe fits properly: • Be aware that shoe and sock sizes may change every few months as a child grows. • Always measure a child’s feet before buying shoes and watch for signs of aggravation. • Never hand down footwear. Not only might the shoes be the wrong size, but sharing shoes can spread fungi like athlete’s foot and nail fungus. • Examine a shoe’s heels. Children often wear through a shoe’s heel faster than outgrowing the rest of the shoe. Uneven heel wear may indicate a foot problem that should �������������� ������������ �������������������� ������������������ Pinnacle Learning Center be checked by a podiatrist. • Take your child shoe shopping to help ensure a proper fit and to promote healthy foot habits down the road. • Always buy for the larger foot. Feet are seldom the same size. • Shoes should be comfortable immediately and not need a “break-in period.” You might also try this quick 1- 2-3 test to be sure your child’s shoes are in shipshape: 1. Look for a stiff heel. Press on both sides of the shoe’s heel. It should not collapse. 2. Check toe flexibility. The shoe should bend with your child’s toes. It shouldn’t be too stiff or bend too much in the toe box area. 3. Try twisting the shoe. It should never twist in the middle. For more information and tips, visit Runs to August 21st. Join us now! 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