How often should we change our trainers?
A reliable pair of trainers is essential to your fitness, but is often overlooked. Worn out trainers can lead to unnecessary stress on your feet or ankles as well as loss of stability—which all but guarantees an injury.
The average lifespan is supposed to be between 400 and 500 miles, but to simplify things, you should look at replacing your regularly worn trainers every three to six months. But there are still factors to consider such as the quality of the shoe, your running style and your body weight (lighter runners are likely to get more miles out of their shoe than heavy runners). And even if you don’t use your shoes that often, they’re still breaking down to some degree.
How often should you change your trainers?
If you notice any of the following tell-tale signs of excessive wear, then it’s time to start looking for a new pair of running shoes:
- Sections of the rubber outsole are so worn that you can see the softer foam underneath
- The midsole feels too soft and collapses easily under pressure.
- You may see longitudinal creases in the midsole
- The heel counter becomes mobile and less supportive
- Your toes wear through the toe-box and the shoe upper tears
- One shoe sole becomes asymmetrically worn when compared to the other
- One or both shoes no longer stand up straight when placed on a flat surface
- You feel increased muscle soreness after running
After a certain amount of use, the structural integrity and functionality of the shoe will deteriorate and it will no longer provide the stability and support it’s supposed to. Continuing to run in damaged or worn shoes can reduce your running efficiency, leave you uncomfortable and unprotected and make you more susceptible to repetitive injuries in the feet, legs and pelvis.
Are you suffering from any foot condition? One of our chiropodist/podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatment options are best to get you back on track. ✅
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at 44 (0) 207 101 4000. 📞
We hope you have a feetastic day! 👣☀️
-The Chelsea Clinic and Team