Beware of Hand-Me-Down Footwear
Finding hand-me-down shoes that fit your child is not the only thing to consider. Shoes can easily spread fungi, so it’s important to first wash used shoes. Also, make sure to inspect the condition of the shoes before you give your kids the OK to wear them. Shoes that are broken down and have a very visible wear pattern won’t support your child’s unique foot structure.*
Ironically, letting your kids go barefoot is a good way to help their feet develop. When shoes are needed—whether they are brand new or hand-me-downs—seek out a pair that has a wide toe box and an easily adjustable closure such as Velcro.
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