How to Choose Athletic Shoes

Get the right fit with tips from orthopaedic foot and ankle MDs

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Aug. 14, 2013)Whether you play on a court, run on pavement or exercise in a gym, you need the best athletic shoe for your favorite activity. Proper shoe style and fit can help you prevent foot, ankle and other injuries. But with so many types of shoes on the market, how do you choose what’s right for you and your sport?
Start with the basics. Orthopaedic foot and ankle MDs recommend trying on athletic shoes after a workout or at the end of the day, when your feet will be at their largest. This will ensure the best fit.
In addition, when trying on new athletic shoes wear the same type of sock that you will wear when playing, and re-lace the shoes so you know they feel right. Also, pay attention to your heel while trying on a shoe. Your heel should not slip as you walk or run.
For specific tips on choosing athletic shoes for your particular sport, visit the How to Select the Right Athletic Shoes page at FootCareD, the patient education website of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). Whether you need running shoes, walking shoes, aerobic shoes, tennis shoes, basketball shoes or cross trainers, orthopaedic foot and ankle MDs can guide you.
About the AOFAS
AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through the education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers. The Society creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders, provides leadership, and serves as a resource for government and industry as well as the national and international health care communities.​

About Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. Relying on four years of medical school training, five years of post-graduate training and often a fellowship in orthopaedic foot and ankle care, orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle.
Jennifer Hicks
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