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Shoe fitting for children is not rocket science. It's pretty basic and pretty logical. You have to worry about length and you have to worry about width. Those are the two most important things. When you are dealing with length, you want to make sure there is enough room for the toes. Always measure when standing. In children, I call it rules of finger, and in adults I call it, rule of thumb. You should have when you are standing, from the tip of your finger to the longest toe, to the tip of the shoe. That's about how much room you should have. That's the magic length. The magic of width. The width of the shoe should be as wide or a little bit wider than the foot. If the shoe is too wide, the foot is going to slide around. If the shoe is too narrow, the foot is going to roll off the side. Shoes for early children is for protection. If your foot rolls off the side of the shoe, you've got nothing to protect. Shoes for older kids and adults are for support. If you are off the shoe, you're not being supported. You want to make sure that the width of the shoe is as wide as the widest part of your foot, if not a little bit wider. The length should be about a finger's worth in a child, and a thumbs width in an adult, when standing. Ideally, try and get your shoes in the afternoon when your foot is the most swollen. You want to make sure the shoe fits at it's biggest, that way it fits when it's smaller.

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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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