Wednesday, April 23, 2014

When Should I Replace My Running Shoes?

An old pair of running shoes can feel a lot like an old friend. The shoes have been so many places with you - right there with you on so many memorable runs. However, if you hang onto your favorite pair of running shoes for too long, you could injure yourself.

Nothing quite beats the feeling of that first run in a fresh, new pair of running shoes. It almost feels as if you could run forever. Unfortunately, all running shoes will eventually lose their cushioning ability.  When this happens,  the stress to the feet and legs is increased dramatically. Over time, this additional stress can contribute to the onset of an overuse injury. So, how do you know when to replace your running shoes? Unfortunately, there is no universal answer to this question.

As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your running shoes between 300 - 500 miles. There are a variety of factors that contribute to the lifespan of your shoes. The construction of the shoe, your physical composition, the surface on which you run, your running style and your running climate are all variables to consider in how often you replace your shoes. The Shoe Replacement Chart can help you determine how long your running shoes may last.

Look for obvious signs of wear and tear to your shoes but do not rely only on how the outsole of your shoe looks to determine if it needs to be replaced. Most importantly, listen to your body. Little aches and pains may begin to arise. You may not be injured, but your body is certainly talking to you. It's probably telling you that your shoes need to be changed.

If you're still not sure if you should replace your shoes - go to your local running store and try on a fresh, new pair of your favorite training shoes side by side with your current pair. It will probably be pretty clear. For example, you may feel higher off of the ground in the new pair, if the midsole in the old pair is compressed beyond repair.

There is a fine line between blogging and giving medical advice. The content of this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.  Nothing contained in this blog is intended to replace the medical advice of a trained, licensed physician.
In all matters relating to your health, you are urged to consult a physician. You can contact Advanced Bone & Joint to set up a formal consultation appointment with Dr. W. Anthony Frisella, Dr. Dane Glueck, Dr. Brandon Larkin, Dr. Anthony Lombardo, Dr. John McAllister, II, Dr. Brian Meek, Dr. Paul Spezia, Jennifer Eickhoff, FNP-BC, or Matt Pliske, PA-C

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