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Time for Back-to-School Shoes

Farmington Hills, Mich. (August 14, 2009)---In a few weeks, children in metro Detroit will be heading back to school. That means it is time for back-to-school shopping. An important item on the list may be new shoes. Buying shoes with good cushioning, arch support and stability is important. Marshall Solomon, D.P.M., a Botsford podiatrist, says, “Shoes need to be flexible and be able to sustain extreme activity. They should also provide support and cushioning and be breathable to allow heat and moisture to escape.” 
 
Dr. Solomon offers the following shoe-shopping advice: 
 
· If the tread is worn off the bottom of shoes, it's time for a new pair. Kids tend to wear out shoes before growing out of them. 
 
· Shoes should be a little roomy, but do not buy shoes more than one size larger than your child’s current size. 
 
· Avoid slip-on shoes. Shoes should have laces, straps or Velcro. 
 
· Feet tend to swell throughout the day, so buy shoes in the afternoon. 
 
· Wear socks when trying on shoes. 
 
· If the shoes are uncomfortable in the store, it won’t improve later. Most shoes do not have to be broken in. 
 
Dr. Solomon recommends getting your child a second pair of shoes and rotating them every day. This will allow the shoes to last as long as three pairs.

Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.

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