When Should You Replace Your Running Shoes?

Posted on June 28th, 2016 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

Worn sports shoes

A runner’s best friend – and their most important tool – is a good pair of shoes. Just like the tires on your car, the day will come when they need to be replaced. But how often is that?

The general consensus among runners is that shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles. While this is a good rule of thumb for the masses, every individual situation is different. How often you need to replace your shoes depends on your biomechanics, the surface you run on, the type of shoe you own, and several other factors.

So how can you tell when to replace your shoes? Be on the lookout for these three signs it’s time to hit the sneaker store:

  • The press test. Place one of your hands inside your shoe, and push against the sole with your other hand. If you can feel your fingers pressing through the rubber, it is time to get yourself a new pair of kicks.

  • The eye test. Sometimes, you can tell a new pair of shoes is needed just by looking at your old ones. Don’t worry about how dirty they are – focus on the structure. Dirt can be washed off, but worn soles, rips, and tears need to be replaced.

  • The body test. Listen to your body. If your shoes are low on cushion, you will feel the impact – literally. Old, worn shoes aren’t as effective at reducing your foot’s impact with the ground, and you will feel this effect in your knees, hips, and back.

Continuing to run with old shoes can have damaging effects on your body’s bones and joints. Luckily for you, help is available from the experts at Orthopaedic Specialty Group. As southern Connecticut’s largest and most experienced orthopedic practice, trust us to fix every bone and joint in your body. Call us today at (203) 337-2600 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed professionals.