Is it safe for kids to wear hand-me-down shoes?

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Is it safe for kids to wear hand-me-down shoes?

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Is it okay for a child to wear hand me down shoes? Ideally, you should not be wearing hand me down shoes unless it is such a financial burden that you cannot afford about $12, $15 dollars a pair of shoes, which is pretty much all a child´s shoe should cost when they are learning to walk. You should try and avoid it. The reason is this. Whenever we wear a pair of shoes, we wear our walking gate pattern into the shoe. So by taking someone else´s gate pattern and forcing it on a child learning to walk is like taking my prescription glasses and putting them on a child learning to read. And then say you learn to read now without ever taking them to see if they needed my level of prescription. Ideally, let the child naturally develop their own walking pattern. By forcing them into someone else´s walking pattern, you are doing them a disservice. So unless you are completely strapped financially that you cannot afford two cups of coffee these days, you should try and avoid hand me down shoes.

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Noah Blumofe, DPM

Podiatrist

Dr. Blumofe was born and raised in Skokie, Illinois. Later he attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed his undergraduate studies in 1996, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. He then attended Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago, where he received a second Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences in 1998, and his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 2001. Dr. Blumofe's residency was completed at the St. John Detroit Riverview Medical Center in Michigan, which is affiliated with the Kirkside Osteopathic Medical School. The following year he continued his post-graduate training with a two-year surgical fellowship in Long Beach, Calif. His main responsibilities included patient care, diabetic foot and wound care and surgical procedures of the foot and ankle, as well as teaching podiatric residents.

Dr. Blumofe's specialties include diabetic wound care, podiatric medicine, neuropathy, limb salvage, cosmetic foot surgery and sports medicine. He attributes his passion for helping diabetics regain and maintain a more normal life to the experience he had in seeing his mother and his grandfather deal with the realities of the condition. Often, Dr. Blumofe is known to say to his patients that "diabetes is NOT a disease, it is a lifestyle change".

When Dr Blumofe is not working (all four hours of the day that remain), he spends time helping his wife, Sandy, raise their three children Abby, Joey, and Rachel. Dr Blumofe holds a 1st degree Black Belt (ShoDan) in the Jinenkan Martial Arts (though has since retired!)

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