(HealthDay News) -- Wearing athletic shoes that don't fit can lead to injury, pain and poor performance.
The American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society suggests how to select the right shoes:
Buy footwear from a specialty store, where the staff can offer advice and fit you for the right shoes.
Try on shoes later in the day or after a workout, when your feet are larger.
Try on shoes with the socks that you will wear during athletics.
Make sure you can wiggle all of your toes inside the shoes.
The shoes should be comfortable as soon as you try them on.
Walk or run a few steps in the shoes to see if they are comfortable.
The shoes should grip your heels firmly, preventing the heels from slipping while you run or walk.
Replace shoes after 500 miles of running or 300 hours of aerobic activity.
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