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When Do Feet Stop Growing?

when do adult feet stop growingWhen do feet stop growing?   In general, feet stop growing a few years after adolescence.  However, your feet keep changing in size for many, many years after that.  For example, a woman’s foot can grow by a half size or more during pregnancy.   ”The same hormones that are released to relax the pelvic area also loosen the ligaments in the foot,” reports Bret Ribotsky, president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.   ”In addition, the increased body weight of pregnancy lowers the arches, further adding to the foot’s length and width.   Actually, all people should remember that your feet size increases with increase in weight (meaning that shoes that fit when you are 20 won’t fit when you are 40).  One final fact is that with age feet change in shape… they will flatten out and elongate.   It’s estimated that many people over the age of 40 can gain half a shoe size every 10 years.   So, have your feet measured often and don’t get hung-up on the size on the shoe box but the actual fit of the shoe.” When do feet stop growing is a question shoe experts hear frequently. Other questions?  Just email a note to pedorthics@lwshoes.com and one of Lamey-Wellehan’s certified pedorthists will answer it!