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Health Tip: Choosing Athletic Shoes

-- With all of the choices for athletic shoes, how do you make sure you're buying the right pair?

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:

  • Try on athletic shoes later in the day or post-workout, when your feet are their largest.
  • Try on shoes with appropriate socks that you'll wear during your sport or activity.
  • Make sure you can easily wiggle your toes while wearing the shoes.
  • Walk around or even run a couple of steps in the store while wearing the shoes.
  • Lace the shoes properly when you try them on, starting at the top and tightening evenly as you lace them.
  • Your heel should fit firmly inside the shoe without slipping.
  • Choose shoes that are specific to a sport if you play it at least three times weekly.
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Posted: June 2010