Shoes are an important part of your comfort and success when it comes to exercising. When you find the perfect pair it can be difficult to retire them because the miles and work you’ve put into molding them to fit your feet just right. However, if you’re starting to experience foot pain that you haven’t noticed before, it’s a surefire sign that it may be time to ditch your kicks. Learn what other signs to look for so you can avoid foot problems and keep up your exercise routine.
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7 signs your old gym shoes should go into hibernation
Here are seven signs that it’s time for you to retire your old shoes, get fitted for a new pair and keep pounding the pavement or trails.
1. The kilometers are adding up
If you’re running multiple times a week at five kilometers or more each time, around the 500 kilometer mark is when you’ll want to revisit the wear and tear of your shoes, along with how you’re feeling after a run. For many runners, after putting in that much distance, their footwear has lost some of its cushioning and support, and their shoes need to be replaced. However, some runners can get about 1,000 kilometers out of their footwear, which generally equates to around 12 straight months of use.
2. You’re experiencing aches and soreness
If you’re experiencing minor aches and pains (like shin splints or knee discomfort) during and after your runs that you weren’t feeling when you first started using your shoes, that can be an indication that it’s time to shop for a new pair. And once you lace them up, you might find that not only has the soreness disappeared, but that you have a little more bounce in your step.
Getting yourself some new gym shoes can help with minor foot pain and problems, but if you’re experiencing chronic pain there may be a larger underlying issue: foot misalignment.
When your feet are misaligned your ankle bone slips off your heel bone, causing an excessive inward rotation of the ankle and outward rotation of the foot, leading to overpronation. This misalignment can also cause pain throughout your body in your knees, hips, back and neck.
To correct foot misalignment, there is a procedure called HyProCure® that places a stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bone (called the sinus tarsi) to stabilize the ankle bone (talus), correcting the excessive inward rotation.
If you’d like to learn more, contact the best podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.