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Health Tip: Choose the Right Shoes for Sports

What to look for

(HealthDay News) -- If you're a scholastic or recreational athlete, your shoes can make a significant difference in your performance and risk of injury.

Here are recommendations from the American Podiatric Medical Association:

  • Shoes for basketball, volleyball and tennis should include a rigid, thick, supportive sole and high ankle support.
  • Soccer shoes should have a supportive, high-quality footbed, molded rubber cleats and an appropriate stud type for the playing surface.
  • Football and lacrosse shoes need high ankle support and good traction.
  • Baseball and softball shoes need good arch support. Kids younger than 13 should not wear metal cleats.
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