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Health Tip: Get the Right Fit for Athletic Shoes

Health Tip: Get the Right Fit for Athletic Shoes

08/17/11

(HealthDay News) -- Wearing properly-fitted athletic shoes can keep your feet comfy during a workout and help reduce the risk of injury.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions for choosing athletic shoes:

  • Shop for shoes when your feet are their largest -- either at the end of the day or after a workout.
  • Try on shoes with the same type of sock that you'll wear when you exercise.
  • Make sure you can easily wiggle your toes, and that the shoes are comfortable when you try them on.
  • Run or walk several steps in the shoes to make sure they're comfortable.
  • Properly lace shoes when you try them on.
  • Make sure the shoes firmly grip your heels and don't slip off when you're walking or running.
  • Choose a sports-specific shoe if you participate in a particular sport at least three times per week.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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