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Does shoe size relate to height?

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Shoe size does relate to height, but its ability to predict height is not definitive. The most important factor in determining an individual's eventual height is genetics; a parent's height largely determines the height of his child.

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When a child is going through a growth spurt, the hands and feet are the first to grow, but the longest bones of the body such as the femur, tibia and fibula, which are bones of the upper and lower legs, ultimately determine an individual's height. Growth plates at the ends of these bones remain open while growth continues and close when growth stops.

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