(HealthDay News) -- Wearing properly-fitted athletic shoes can keep your feet comfy during a workout and help reduce the risk of injury.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions for choosing athletic shoes:

  • Shop for shoes when your feet are their largest -- either at the end of the day or after a workout.
  • Try on shoes with the same type of sock that you'll wear when you exercise.
  • Make sure you can easily wiggle your toes, and that the shoes are comfortable when you try them on.
  • Run or walk several steps in the shoes to make sure they're comfortable.
  • Properly lace shoes when you try them on.
  • Make sure the shoes firmly grip your heels and don't slip off when you're walking or running.
  • Choose a sports-specific shoe if you participate in a particular sport at least three times per week.