Why pricey baby and toddler shoes are not necessary

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Why pricey baby and toddler shoes are not necessary

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Is it important to spend a lot of money on your kids shoes? Well, the answer is pretty much, no. When you are fitting shoes for the early and first walkers, they are pretty much for protection only. There is nothing to support in that foot, so don't get these rigid supportive shoes at these fancy, expensive shoe stores trying to sell you. You want a pair of shoes that will protect them, fit them properly, and allow them to feel the ground. So $12-$15 for shoes is really all you are going to have to do because you are going to go through a pair every two to three months. Your child is either going to outgrow them outwear them. As they get older, you're going to want to get a little more supportive as they develop their feet and develop the arch. Again, if the shoe is a good quality shoe and fits the child's foot, not the other way around. Always fit the shoe to the foot. If it's comfortable and it is a good fit, no, fancy expensive shoes are not needed. Fancy, expensive shoe stores are not needed.

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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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