You don’t replace shoes that have worn-down heels
Have you ever noticed that one side of the bottom of your sneaker’s heel can be more worn-down than the other after a couple months of use? It’s a very normal phenomenon, according to Jane Pontious, chair of the department of podiatric surgery at Temple University. Your heel, positioned directly below your body, supports all of your weight. We all walk slightly differently, so it makes sense that some people may lean more on one side of the shoe than the other. However, that doesn’t make it healthy for the your foot and ankle to be put in this imbalanced position in the long term. “People will look at the sneaker and say, ‘Well, it’s new,’ and I’ll say, ‘Look at the heel. You’re no longer standing normally, so you have to replace it,’” says Pontious. Find out podiatrists’ simple solutions to common foot problems.
You’re not replacing your running shoes enough
The conventional wisdom that San Francisco-based Kaiser Permanente podiatrist Jack Schuberth heard years ago is that someone can run 100 miles in each pair of running shoes before they should be replaced. Living by this rule, someone who runs five miles four or five times a week would have to replace his or her shoes almost every month. Schuberth admits that this would quickly become an expensive shoe replacement habit, but it’s an important one to keep, even if you replace your shoes slightly less often. After too much mileage, the sole of your running shoe and the cushioning below your foot can wear down, decreasing the amount of padding your feet get from your shoes as they pound the pavement. Schuberth recommends that runners pay attention to any pain they may feel in their feet, ankles, knee and hip joints; it may be a result of overused running shoes. These are the things shoe salespeople are secretly thinking about you.