Why Should You Change Your Running Shoes Regularly?
Running in worn out shoes may increase your risk of injury. Parts of a running shoe wear out over time and not all parts of the shoe wear out evenly. This means not only will the shoes cushioning change over time but so will the stability and overall balance of the running shoe change with time and wear. This all makes it important to change your running shoes on a regular basis.
Buying Cheap Shoes Is False Economy
When running shoes wear out there can be increased stress to your feet and the rest of your body which may lead to injury. It is important to change your running shoes before it reaches this stage and it’s too late. Buying quality running shoes is an expensive business but then so is getting injured. MRI’s podiatry and physiotherapy sessions aren’t exactly cheap and extended breaks to your training as a result of injury are frustrating to say the least.
Not being fitted for the correct running shoe for your body type, foot type as well as your training demands and purchasing cheap running shoes is ultimately false economy. The couple of hundred dollars you may save a year by skimping when buying your running shoes or stretching your running shoes out a few more runs each pair may well end up costing you in the long run with added medical expenses as well as the inability to continue training.
How Should You Go About Changing Your Running Shoes?
Firstly it is a good idea to get fitted for the right shoe and seeing a sports podiatrist is a good starting point. A sports podiatrist can perform a biomechanical assessment of your foot and lower limb including looking at your walking and running style and advise on any necessary additions to your shoe such as orthotics or metatarsal domes as well as the most appropriate running shoe for your needs.
Another approach is to visit a specialist running store and get fitted for a running shoe there. Typically such a store will allow you to try a number of shoes they have assessed as being appropriate for your needs and have you run in them on a treadmill often filming the biomechanics to see what shoe is working best for you.
For my city clients I refer them to Performance Podiatry Sydney and The Running Company in Potts Point respectively if I think they require either of the above services to better fit their running needs.
Disclaimer: Sydney Physio Clinic does not endorse any treatments, procedures, products mentioned. This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific advice or assistance on Time To Change Your Running Shoes should consult his or her general practitioner, podiatrist, physiotherapist or otherwise appropriately skilled practitioner.