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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
October 08, 2013
Category: Shoes
Tags: Running   Running Shoes  

When cooler temperatures start to roll in, the gloom and doom of winter seems to lurk around the corner. For some, this impending season brings a big sigh as the fun of summer is out the door. Keep the fun going by getting active and jumping headfirst into a race that has been labeled, “the happiest 5K on the planet.” The Color Run 5K is coming to Pittsburgh, PA on October 12, 2013. As you prepare to be peppered by every color in the rainbow, take a moment to check your running shoes. To make it through the race without injury, your shoes may need a little upgrade.

Why should I replace my running shoes?

You may have your favorite pair from high school that is sentimental to you because you won a championship basketball game while wearing them. It’s time to put them in a box and invest in shoes that will protect your feet. The bottom line is that shoes wear out with use. They can lose their shock absorption, cushioning and stability. Your feet strike the ground with a great amount of force during a run, so when these qualities are gone, you are at risk for injury. Aches, pains, muscle fatigue and shin splints are just a few that could result.

A general rule is to replace your running shoes after 350-550 miles. If you aren’t sure, look closely. Check for worn down soles and creasing in the areas of the midsole. Put your shoes on a counter. If they tilt or lean to one side then the sole is worn down. If you can easily twist the shoe, then their stability has been compromised and it’s time to replace. A tip is to have two pairs of shoes that you can rotate between, which will make both pairs last longer.

Did you know that your shoes tell a lot about your foot health as well? If you would like to know more, or are experiencing foot and ankle pain while running, contact Dr. Philip Pinkser for more information, diagnosis or treatment. Call our podiatric office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment today. 

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