How often should I replace my shoes?

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This can be a tough question to answer and it will depend on varying factors such as how old the shoe is, how active the person is, what kind of exercise the person does, and how well the person takes care of their shoes.  A good basic rule is to replace your shoes every 6-12 months or every 350-500 miles.  Let us take a quick look at some ways to spot if our shoes need to be replaced.
Things to look out for:
There are a lot of visual clues that can be seen here.  For one if we take a look at the back of the shoe where we put our feet in (the heel tab location in the picture) we can see if it is either depressed or if holes are starting to form.  This can often occur due to slipping on your shoes without taking the time untie them.  This can bend the back of the shoe and cause the shoe to wear out quicker.  We should also be looking to ensure that there are no holes in the shoes which usually occur with extreme wear and tear or age.  The other thing to be aware of is the tread on the bottom of the shoe.  How does it look?  Is the tread still there or has it worn down like the shoe in the picture?  These can all be great clues.
Strategy to get the most out of your shoes:

By rotating your shoes or having shoes for specific tasks can be a useful way to prolong the life of your shoes.  If you have shoes that you like to run in, then use those shoes only when you are going out for your runs.  As more milage is put on your shoes, it breaks down the shoes ability to absorb forces and support your feet.  This can lead to injuries in the feet, knees, hips, and low back.  Also making sure that we are taking the time to tie and untie our shoes instead of slipping our shoes on will help ensure that the back of the shoe is not worn down.  Getting new insoles or shoes that are specific for your feet can be very useful for prolonging the life of the shoe as well.  By looking at the tread pattern on the bottom of the shoe, we can see if we have a tendency to over pronate or over supinate. Knowing this information will make it easier to find shoes that are right for you.

Foot Levelers
At Pollard Chiropractic we provide our patients the opportunity to get a scan of their feet on our Foot Leveler scanner.  This provides great information as to what your feet look like and what kind of support your feet need.  It also shoes weight distribution and how your feet could be affecting your pain in other areas of the body.  If this sounds like something you would be interested in, contact us at  (866) 874-5723 to make an appointment today and start your path towards being pain free.