How Do You Know If Your Running Shoes Need To Be Replaced?

Everyone has that favorite pair of gym shoes that they don’t want to replace. But by keeping them around, you may be putting yourself at risk for more injuries! Replacing your running shoes or gym shoes can help prevent tendinitis and stress fractures, just to name only a few injuries, from developing.

A lot of athletes develop inflammation of the tendons aka tendinitis along the outside of the foot and ankle. These are called the peroneal tendons, and they are the primary tendons that turn the foot outward or allow the foot to “pronate.” Runners or people that perform repetitive motion with their feet while working out have a tendency to over-use this muscle group. This creates inflammation to the tendons and you develop “peroneal tendinitis.”

If you are noticing similar pain, take a good look at the bottom of your shoes. Is the outside of the heel worn down to the point where your shoe is no longer flat? That may be the very reason why you’ve developed peroneal tendonitis, and it’s a good reason to get new shoes.

For runners, the golden rule is to replace your shoes every 500 miles but if you’re putting in heavy mileage, it may be sooner than 500 miles.

For cross-trainers, replacing your gym shoes every 6-12 months is average depending on how often and how hard you train.

Click here for some pointers on how to find a good tennis shoe if you’re unsure about what characteristics to look for in a good shoe.

Don’t be afraid to ask for professional help if your foot pain seems to be persisting! Call Advanced Podiatry at 813-875-0555 so our doctors can help you determine the reason for your pain and, more importantly, resolve it to prevent further problems!