It goes without saying that running has a whole host of incredible health benefits. From boosting cardiovascular fitness to improving sleep, running does wonders for both the body and the mind. In the same regard, running is a high intensity activity that puts stress on the body, particularly on the legs, ankles and feet, which is why it’s imperative to invest in a good pair of running shoes. But how often do you need to replace them? While there’s no specific time frame, there are some tell tale signs. Here are 4 signs you need to replace your runners.
If you experience pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles post run, there’s a good chance you’ve worn through the cushioning. Remember the feeling of a new pair of shoes? It almost feels like you’re running on a cloud. That cushioning helps bear the repetitive impact on your joints and without it, you run (pun intended) the risk of injury.
Just like you may have run out the cushioning, if the sole of your shoe has become smooth and lost all of its groove depth, you’ve likely worn through the tread. These grooves help keep your step sturdy so your feet and ankles don’t roll.
While blisters can be normal when you're breaking in a shoe, they can be a cause for concern if you’ve been wearing them for a while. Blisters are a sign that the shoes have stretched and will no longer support the impact of the movement.
When it comes to runners, unfortunately sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. If they have holes and are visibly worn out… out with the old and in with the new.