Harvard Health Letter

High tech ways to better shoe fit

Scan courtesy Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.

Foot scans create digital maps showing pressure points and arch types.

Relieving pain in your knees, hips, and back may begin with your feet.

If you're looking to update your athletic shoes before going for a walk or run in the warmer weather, you may be tempted to try out some high-tech machines in specialty shoe stores that boast a better fit. Do they really work? "Yes, but technology is only as valuable as the person interpreting the data," says David Nolan, a physical therapist with the Orthopaedics Sports Performance Center Running Program at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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