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      Getting the right shoes

      Having the right sneaker can make or break how comfortable your feet will be.

      No matter what type of physical activity you do, having the right shoe is key. It all starts with getting the right foot measurement.

      "We will look at the structure of their arch; the other thing we look at is flexibility, and flexibility comes into play when we work with people that have rigid arches. Typically they will have problems with their forefoot, sometimes they will have problems with circulation," said John Thomsen, Johnson's Superior Shoes. "Then the other thing we look at is we really want to get a snug heel fit."

      If you have a looser arch, you will need to keep your heel more stable, so you will need a shoe with more support. However, if your arch is rigid, look for a shoe with more flexibility.

      So how should your heel feel?

      "A shoe that has one thumb width from the end of the shoe, and we want it so that your heel is snug. Very, very secure. It may, when the shoe is new, it may lift a little bit until the shoe breaks in, but it has to be very, very slight," Thomsen said.

      Not having enough support or the right shoe structure can have a ripple effect on your body.

      "In the feet with heel pain and up the chain. Knee pain, outer hip or I.T. band can all come from shoes without enough support," said Jim Gallagher, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.

      It's not so much about the brand or style as much as it is about the fit.

      "Most people prioritize their purchase based on appearance, which I'll honor that, but I have to base my suggestion on performance and fit," Thomsen added.