How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Orthotics and Sports Shoes?
The primary purpose of shoes is to protect the feet and provide support and comfort during various activities, such as walking, running, or working.
Shoes also serve other purposes, such as:
- Enhancing performance: Shoes designed for specific activities, such as running or basketball, can improve performance by providing the necessary support and cushioning for the feet.
- Preventing injuries: Shoes can help prevent injuries by providing support, cushioning, and stability, which can reduce the impact forces on the feet and lower limbs.
- Maintaining hygiene: Shoes can protect the feet from dirt, dust, and other environmental hazards, which can help maintain foot hygiene.
- Cushioning: This refers to the padding inside the shoe that helps absorb shock and reduce impact forces on the feet and joints.
- Arch support: Shoes with arch support are designed to provide additional support to the natural arch of the foot, which can help reduce pain and discomfort in the feet and legs.
- Stability: Shoes with stability features are designed to prevent excessive movement of the foot and ankle, which can reduce the risk of injury and provide better balance and control.
Reviewing your your sports shoes is essential to prevent injuries and ensure optimal performance. Over time, shoes lose their cushioning and support, which can lead to discomfort, pain, and increased risk of injury. If you get a return of pain or new symptoms from, it may be time for a review.
Worn-out shoes can also alter your gait and affect your balance, reducing your overall performance. Replacing your shoes without reviewing your gait and alignment can cause pain and increase risk of injury.
Investing in new orthotics and sports shoes can help prevent foot and ankle problems and keep you performing at your best.
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