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Want happy feet? Get the right shoes

Most of us will have foot pain at one time or another. In many cases, the problem is caused by the shoes we wear.

"The biggest shoe mistakes I see are shoes that are clearly too tight, heals that are clearly too high or shoes that are flimsy or unstructured," said Dr. Orly Avitzur, medical adviser to Consumer Reports.

Shoes with small or pointy toe boxes force your big toe inward and can cause a painful bunion.

Shoes with thin soles or high heels can plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the soles of your feet.

Dr. Avitzur reminds us that our feet get bigger as we get older, so it's important to measure your feet when go shoe shopping.

"The best time is at the end of the day when your feet have had the opportunity to spread to the max," she said.

And try on both shoes. Most of us have one foot that's larger than the other. Pick the best fit for the larger foot.

By the way, shoes that fit too loosely can also be a problem. They can increase your risk of tripping on carpets or stairs.

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