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Why Should I Replace My Shoes Often?
By Your Favorite Harlem, NY, Podiatrist

Podiatrists in Harlem, NY, often see foot and ankle conditions caused by improper footwear. While many people assume high-heeled shoes are the main culprits behind these injuries, wearing worn out or worn down shoes of any type may impact both your comfort and foot health in the long term.

How Shoes Impact Foot Health

Shoes are the first line of defense between your feet and the rest of the world. A great, well-made pair of shoes will protect your feet from sharp objects and sun-soaked hot asphalt, cushion the impact of long-distance running or aerobics, and ward of slips and slides so you stay upright where you belong. On the other hand, wearing worn-out shoes exposes your feet to a variety of health concerns ranging from heel pain to sports injuries. Your health starts from the ground up, and good quality shoes should be a priority

3 Tips for Kinder Footwear

Did you know that running shoes are only intended to last for 350 to 500 miles? If you run a couple days a week, your shoes may last as long as a year, but if you’re a 6 to 7 day-a-week runner, then you may need to replace your shoes quarterly. In the meantime, try these tips for longer-lasting footwear:

  • Wear the right shoes for each activity. Delicate sandals won’t be able to shield your feet from a rock-strewn jogging path and they’ll wear done exponentially quicker, too.
  • If you’re an avid runner or work out enthusiast, keep several pairs of athletic shoes in rotation so that they can dry out in between. Shoes that area constantly exposed to moisture are more likely to grow bacteria that may eventually be transferred to your feet.
  • Visit your NYC podiatrist and get fitted for custom insoles. Even the world’s best insole can’t save a run-down shoe, but it will give you some extra support until you have time to go shopping.

Warning Signs of Worn Out Shoes

So, how do you know if your shoes are ready to be replaced? For starters, look at the outsole. Is the tread worn down and uneven? Are there cracks in the rubber or is the sole detached from the upper in spots? Next, examine the insole. While you want a new pair of shoes to conform to your foot, the more compressed, thin, and inflexible your insoles become, the less protected your feet will be. Lastly, take a look at the shoe’s upper. Though the upper isn’t as important as the insole or outsole in terms of protection, collapsing sides or a lack of ankle support can lead to instability.

If you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain and need a podiatrist in Harlem, NY, call Weil Podiatry now at 718.395.4904 to schedule a consultation.

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