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Is It Time for New Running Shoes?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most of us are guilty of wearing shoes for too long. And this is especially true when it comes to running or workout shoes. We wear them over and over and over. They get comfortable and form to the foot … who wants to pay money to break in new shoes? Unfortunately new shoes are necessary. If we don’t change them often enough, it can cause pain and suffering. But how do we know when it’s time? If you’re guilty of holding on to shoes for long period of time, take a look at these signs that it’s time for a new pair.

What Should Shoes Feel Like?

Many people don’t really understand what shoes are supposed to feel like. They’ve always worn shoes that are too big or too small or too loose or too tight, and when they finally put on a good pair, they just don’t feel right. A good pair of shoes should be supportively tight, cushined on the bottom, and snug throughout. They shouldn’t make your feet hurt past the first wear or two as your feet adjust. If they hurt your toes, don’t buy them! If they don’t support the foot, don’t buy them! As you get used to good shoes, your feet will grow accustomed and you’ll begin to know when it’s time for a new pair.

Signs You Need a New Pair

Until you get a good feel for shoes, you may need a little help determining when a new pair is necessary. A few key signs might include:

  • Your feet hurt - If your feet hurt during or after your workout, it might be time to assess your shoes. Your feet might be tired, but they shouldn’t be in pain.

  • Your back hurts - Poor shoes can hurt your body all the way into the back. If you notice pain in the back, especially the lower back, and there’s no other explanation, you might suspect the shoes.

  • You can see your socks - This might seem obvious, but if you’re getting thin spots that show your socks, you really need a new pair.

  • It’s been longer than a year - Ideally, you would get new workout shoes every six months. If it’s been a year or more since you upgraded, go ahead and buy a new set.

Shoes are more important than most people realize. If you want to keep your feet and body healthy and make the most of your workout, make sure that your shoes are solid and replace them often. You might be shocked at the huge difference it makes to your feet, your back, and your whole routine.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Orange, Calif.

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