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Health Tip: If the Shoe Fits

How to make sure it does

(HealthDay News) -- Making sure that your shoes fit properly can significantly reduce your risk of foot problems.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions when trying on and buying shoes:

  • Before you try on a new pair, have both of your feet measured at the store. Your feet can vary in size, and change over time.
  • Stand up while your feet are measured, and do it at the end of the day, when feet are likely to be a bit larger.
  • Make sure that your shoes aren't so tight that they pinch your toes, but they shouldn't be so big that they slide around on your feet.
  • Before you buy, walk around in the shoes to be sure they are comfortable. You should not have to "break them in."
  • Sizes vary between shoes and brands, so go with what fits, not necessarily the size you are used to buying.
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