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By contactus
June 07, 2010
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The teenage years are filled with many changes and one first noticeable sign of growth is a need for a change in shoe size. From birth to age 14 your body is constantly changing and so too are the growth plates that add length to the long bones of your body. This change is the primary change that is responsible for growth. Most of the length change in the foot is due to the growing of the metatarsals and phalanges bones. These bones are small compared to the other long bones of the body but are still classified as long bones.
The long bones of the feet start their growth period around the third or fourth month of fetal development. They tend to have two areas of growth that provide the length for the bone. Although they start developing in the womb, most of the noticeable change in length occurs around age 9-11. This coincides with the major change in foot length that occurs in those pre-teen years. By age 18-20 the growth plates have closed and the lengthening has stopped.
Some adults notice change in their foot size in their 50-60's and even later. This change in length is usually due to the stretching of the ligaments that provide structure to the foot. As their length increases, arches tend to flatten as well. This provides some additional length to the feet. Width changes also occur at this age and the change is due to the same mechanism. It is important to make sure that you are in the proper shoe size for both length and width at any age!!!

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Feet and Height?
By Jenn
February 06, 2011
I've heard that you don't stop growing until your feet do. Is this true? If my feet keep growing, and I don't seem to be getting taller at the same time, does it mean that I'll get taller later? Thanks