The Sneaky Cause of Your Foot Pain: Sneakers

Attention: Are you an avid runner, wilderness adventurer, active parent, or working long hours on your feet?  Regardless, you may have experienced foot pain and whether or not you wear a Fit bit, it’s safe to say that you are stacking up the mileage.  Not only are your feet receiving the short end of the stick, but your shoes are inevitably deteriorating your sneaker's foundational cushions which is likely causing your ongoing foot pain.

Every shoe has two main components: the midsole and the outer sole.  More often than not, the midsole will weaken first because of the way our feet are designed.  You can see this when you observe your insert developing a crease.  The outer sole typically begins to show wear and tear after the midsole, which is a clear indicator that it’s time to replace your sneakers.

On average, somewhere between 300 and 400 miles is the time in which your sneakers’ midsole has begun to reach their limit.  Other factors such as what surfaces your shoes are being exposed to can play a huge role in the lifespan of your sneakers.  For example, your hiking shoes that you used on a black diamond trail will likely wear out before your treadmill sneakers.  We at AllCare Foot & Ankle advise that you find a way to keep track of your shoes birthday, whether it’s on sticky note, or writing somewhere on your sneaker.