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According to Clarks, over 4 million children are wearing shoes that are the wrong size. Parents that squeeze their children's feet into the wrong sized shoes can be causing them a lifetime of problems from: hammer toes, bunions, Achilles tendon problems to blisters and corns.
People should be taking as much care of their feet as they do their teeth. Children's feet tend to grow very fast during the first four to five years. However, it can take eighteen years for feet to fully develop, such as the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. So teenage feet need looking after just as much as those of children.
Ballet shoes are very flat and offer no support to the foot. Wearing this type of shoe can cause lower limb problems.
At the front of the shoe there should be no more than a thumbs nail gap between the big toe and the end of the shoe. Anything less than half of that means it is time for a new pair of shoes. The width of the shoe should support the foot, not squeeze it tight.