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    Choosing the Right Shoe
    Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS posted:
    When choosing shoes, there are many things to consider. It is important to look for a shoe with a good arch support, especially if you have a low arch (overpronated or flat foot) or a high arch (supinated foot). This can help to decrease the risk of stress fractures by providing support to the many little bones within the foot.

    The other thing to think about is the amount of cushion a shoe provides. If you have pain in the joints of your ankles, knees, hips or low back, you may benefit from a cushioned sole to help absorb shock, keeping it out of your joints.

    If you have no joint problems, you may want to choose a shoe with a firm sole to provide some additional impact into your bones. You can get good arch support with a cushioned or less cushioned shoe. Since it is very important to avoid pain, you may need to give up some of the bone-stimulating effect of impact to protect your joints.

    Exercising pain-free should be first and foremost!
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    Tomato05 responded:
    Indeed - wearing the right exercise shoe is vital.

    I've unfortunately had a few expensive experiments - the shoes seem OK in the store when trying them on, but it is only really when you exercise with them, that you feel the effects!

    I now stick to brands that I know agree with my feet and needs.

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