Do you have a favorite pair of running shoes that you have been hanging on to for the last 10 years? We all have our favorites and if they are still in good shape then keep a nice home for them in your closet, but you may need to look twice to see which ones need to go.
Here are a few things to look for in your running shoes that will help save your feet and keep them healthy and safe while running.
Check the soles: Depending on how much you run, you may need to replace your shoes every couple months. Just like tires on your car, your shoes tread wears down after a certain amount of wear. If the tread is worn down, it can be hazardous when running on different surfaces. Say goodbye to those slick bottom running shoes and go get yourself a new pair.
Holes: Are there holes on the outside or inside of your shoes? If so, this is a pretty good sign that they have seen their glory days.
They Smell Bad: Sure, your running shoes are going to smell after a nice long run, but if you run them through the washing machine a couple times and they still stink, it’s safe to say they need to hit the road for good.
300-500 Mile Rule: Even though every shoe is different, a good rule of thumb is to replace your shoes after you have ran in them anywhere from 300-500 miles.
Painful Feet: If at anytime your feet are in pain while running, it could be from the type of shoe you are wearing. If you need help finding the right running shoe for your foot type come see Dr. Evan Merrill who can help guide you in the right direction. Wearing the correct shoe for your foot type can make all the difference in your running experience.
Now it’s time to clean out your closet and toss those old worn out running shoes. Having a supportive shoe is extremely important to your foot health. This goes for non running shoes as well. If you have been experiencing foot pain, look no further than Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC. We are here to help you with all of your foot care needs. Call us today at 541-776-3338 or make an appointment by filling out our online form.