5 Signs You Need to Toss Your Walking Shoes

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they shouldn't

It's important to choose shoes with proper support and not rely on overly flexible ones. Dr. Landau advises replacing shoes when the midfoot starts bending, indicating a compressed midsole.

Dr. Singh confirms that a compressed midsole may cause discomfort. It's crucial to select footwear that provides adequate cushioning and prevents excessive bending in the midfoot

feels flatter

Dr. Garcia emphasizes monitoring the cushioning inside your shoes for signs of flattening, as reduced support can lead to foot discomfort and structural issues over time.

Physical therapist Josh Weight advises checking if your walking shoes still provide a cushioned feel like "fluffy marshmallows."

fit right.

Podiatrist Cameron Bennet highlights how ill-fitting shoes can lead to foot issues and alter your gait. Check for comfort and proper size by walking in them.

Orthopedic surgeon Sandeep Singh advises ensuring a comfortable and secure fit with room for toe movement. Trace your foot to compare to shoe size for width and length accuracy

soles appear

Orthopedic surgeon Mauricio Garcia warns that unusual wear patterns on the sole indicate breakdown in support. This can lead to imbalances, foot pain, and injury.

Uneven wear on walking shoe soles affects force distribution, leading to altered gait and increased risk of foot pain and slips, says Dr. Mauricio Garcia.

Podiatrist Bruce Pinker advises replacing walking shoes with worn-out heel counters to avoid heel irritation. Visible wear and tear on the upper is also a sign for new shoes.

wear and tear

Board-certified podiatrist Bruce Pinker suggests replacing walking shoes with worn-out heel counters to prevent heel irritation.