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Little kids' feet are growing constantly, so it's tempting to just grab the cheapest sneakers to keep up and keep costs down. But when it's time to pick the shoes kids will wear all day at school, remember that children are running, jumping, and dancing a lot more than most grown-ups, putting more wear and tear on their feet and shoes. Seventy percent of all foot problems come from ill-fitting footwear, according to exercise expert and author Selene Yeager, and the problem can be particularly acute for children. The weakest part of the foot is where bone and cartilage are growing, so kids are more at risk for sprains, breaks, and other injuries than adults. Here are some dos and don'ts for picking the right pair of shoes for school.