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How To Select The Right Shoes?

Proper-fitting shoes can enhance performance and prevent injuries. Follow these specially-designed fitting facts when purchasing a new pair of shoes.

• Try on shoes after a walk or run and at the end of the day. Your feet will be at their largest.
• Wear the same type of sock that you will wear every day.
• When the shoe is on your foot, you should be able to freely wiggle all of your toes.
• The shoes should be comfortable as soon as you try them on. There is no break-in period.
• Walk or run a few steps in your shoes. They should be comfortable.
• Always relace the shoes you are trying on. You should begin at the farthest eyelets and apply even pressure as you a crisscross lacing pattern to the top of the shoe.
• There should be a firm grip of the shoe to your heel. Your heel should not slip as you walk or run.
• It can be hard to choose from the many different types of shoes available. There are differences in design and variations in material and weight. These differences have been developed to protect the areas of the feet that encounter the most stress in a particular athletic activity.

Proper Footwear
Shoe Shopping 101: Selecting Proper Footwear

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, one in every six Americans has foot problems. Wearing properly-fitting shoes is the first step toward preventing problems of the foot and ankle. The most important factor to remember is to avoid wearing shoes that force your foot to conform to the shape of your shoes.

Listed below are tips to use when selecting footwear.
• Choose shoes that conform to the natural shape of your foot. Make sure that the ball of your foot fits into the widest part of the shoe. The heel of the shoe should fit snugly without slipping. Avoid pointed shoes that force your toes into an unnatural position.
• Do not wear shoes with a heel higher than 2 ¼ in. Heels higher than this height put pressure on the ankles and balls of the feet and, over time, cause injuries, such as bunions and calluses.
• Try on new shoes at the end of the day. Your feet swell after standing or sitting during the day.
• Try on both shoes when purchasing footwear, since one foot is often larger than the other.
• Stand and walk around in the shoes before buying them to be sure they are comfortable.
• Don't rely on shoe sizes. Instead, always try on shoes, as sizes vary among brands.
• Have each foot measured regularly, since feet tend to get larger with age.
• Purchase shoes that are comfortable when you first try them on. Do not expect shoes to stretch or "break-in."