(HealthDay News) -- While you're shoe shopping with a teen, make sure you both understand the shoes fit and function before making a purchase.
The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these tips:
- Shop for shoes that fit the activity your teen will be doing, be it basketball or ballet.
- Have feet measured at the store to make sure you get the right fit. Choose a shoe that fits comfortably, instead of focusing on brand or size.
- Skip backless shoes and opt for those that offer support at the front, sides and back, with a flexible ball of the sole and firm middle.
- Inspect midsoles and tread, and replace shoes when they show wear.
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