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When do your feet stop growing?

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Feet stop growing after the adolescent years, but they continue to change in size for many years. During pregnancy, women’s feet can grow a half size or more. Feet size can also increase with an increase in weight.

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Feet change with age. They flatten and elongate as a person gets older, and it is estimated that people over 40 gain half a shoe size every 10 years. The feet absorb shock when walking or running, and they smooth out the impact of landing. Feet also act as levers that propel the body forward. Correct shoe size is important for healthy feet, and shoes should be replaced regularly. Measuring feet regularly, even into adulthood, allows people to buy the correct shoe size for their feet.

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