You like to run, right? Beautiful weather, a smooth route, and sufficient water is what if you desire to enjoy the stride. But, suddenly you feel a slight discomfort in one of your legs.
Perhaps ampules have started to appear on your feet. These are the consequences when you wear running shoes that have already torn. They have exceeded their useful life and need to be replaced. How to identify them? Here, we bring you the top 11 signs that your running shoes tell you, “I need to be changed.”
1. Check the mileage
The shoes have ideal performance mileage. If you want to measure it, you can obtain devices that measure the number of steps you take, the miles, and the route online or in sports stores.
2. The sole is slippery
This means that the wear on the sole has reached its end point. It can be dangerous to continue using them for running because you can slip, fall and injure yourself.
3. The front part of the shoe is broken
If you use the shoes repeatedly, there is a greater chance that the material fades and cracks over time.
4. The soles are worn asymmetrically
Weight, running style, and trail influence the shape of your footprint and wear it down. Good running shoes will never let you down though.
5. There are wrinkles in the mid sole
You can see the wrinkles in the impact areas. Like at the tip of the foot or the base of the heel, where the shoe receives more weight.
6. Shoe’s front Portray a despicable scenario
If you can see the shape of the foot without the shoe on, it is because the sole has already yielded to use. Hence, they require changes.
7. Stability Issues emanate
When you walk, you feel like you are leaning towards one side. Outer sole is tied to your weight. So it will wear down where it gets maximum pressure.
8. The upper part of the shoe is worn at the ankle
Before it starts to rub on that part of the skin and generate ampules, it is better to change them.
9. There is no drawing on the sole
In fact, there are soles with various colors to indicate when it is already very worn
10. You feel pain in the knees while running
This happens when the shoe has already lost its cushioning and does not support your weight!
11. You get ampules
Yes, ampules everywhere. On your toes, ankles,and heels because the soft internal material is already worn, and you are hitting those areas. This may also adversely effect the ball of your foot and cause inflammation.
Mileage? It is not a car.
It sounds funny, but it is not. Running shoes are not like those of used in hiking or those that we usually used in daily activities. They are specialized and have shock absorbers that help protect your joints from the impact caused by physical activity.
The average useful life that most manufacturers give is 500 kilometers (approximately 310 miles), but this number may vary depending on your daily use.
Terrain and weather
The type of terrain where you run also matters the most. Asphalt tears the sole due to the heat it emits.
Also, the weight is an important factor to consider. The higher the weight, the more impact your shock absorbers will receive. It will increase the wear and tear rate. It will make you you change shoes more frequently.
Let’s do some counts.
Good running shoes are more expensive if we calculate that you jog about 10 miles a day. It means that it provides us with a fewer months of valuable time if we follow the manufacturer’s letter to the letter. Obviously, it does not mean that these shoes are useless.
Only it is advisable not to use them for running because the impact will be harmful on your toes, knees, and hips. In addition to being able to hurt or fall if the sole is very smooth and worn. What could you do? You may continue to use them for gardening or for short routes that do not require running.
Useful tips for preserving your shoes longer.
When we like something, it isn’t easy to separate ourselves from it. And if something brings you comfort and security, I recommend that you do this, so your shoe will last longer and will have a lesser impact on your health and finances:
- Keep your shoes dry: after a rainy day loosen the laces, take out the insoles and let them dry. It will not only preserve the shape of the shoe, it will also absorb internal moisture.
- Keep your shoes clean: Do you like running along the mountains or the beach? Mud and sand can make the shoe heavier without you noticing, and this is harmful for your legs. Wash them separately with warm water and white vinegar. Not only will it help keep them clean, but vinegar’s antibacterial properties will prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. With an old toothbrush, rub the shoes to remove any dirt they have.
- Check the soles regularly: Sometimes, on our trail running routine, small stones are embedded in the sole that can accelerate its wear. Check them whenever you can and use a rubber to remove them. It will extend the life of your soles.
- Have more than one pair for running and JUST for running: The running shoes are specifically designed to cushion your weight, use them for other sports activities like basketball, baseball, or cross-fit.
- Always consider changing them when you start to feel discomfort: Running is a high impact exercise. So it would be best if perform it safely. A shoe that cannot offer you comfort or cushioning will be detrimental for your health. And your health is what matters most!