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Q Can my toddler wear hand-me-down shoes?
A Sharon Donaldson, early childhood health nurse, says: Foot specialists (podiatrists) advise that care should be taken in the use of secondhand shoes. They should not be out of shape or have heels that are worn down. However, usually these shoes have been worn for a short period, as children’s feet grow quickly and a child makes only a small imprint inside the shoe. Think about the following points:
Make sure that hand-me-down shoes fit properly; never allow children to wear shoes they need to grow into. This can cause foot and leg problems, and can be a tripping hazard.
Inspect the insides of the shoes for wear. If the insoles show a lot of wear, especially if you can see the imprints of the feet, toss them out.
Check the outsides of the shoes for wear. Are the soles in good shape, or do they have smooth spots? Are any sides of the soles worn down? Some children walk on the inside or outside of their shoes. If you see signs of this, throw the shoes out.
Buckles or laces are better than Velcro or slip-on shoes as they are more supportive and allow the shoe to be kept firmly on the foot, even as the shoe stretches and changes shape over time.
Sandals need a closed heel. If you grasp the sides of the back of the shoe, you should not be able to squeeze the sides together or push the back down.
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