THURSDAY, Aug. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you've made a financial commitment to athletic shoes, no doubt you want your money's worth. But it's important to replace them when you see specific signs of wear. Doing so will help prevent injury and allow you to work out at peak performance.
According to the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, there are four main shoe components that can break down or wear out. When any of the following signs of wear occur, it's time to replace the shoes:
Surprising as it might sound, athletic shoes can decay just sitting in your closet. Some of the materials typically used to make them can simply dry out in some environments.
Even without obvious signs of wear or decay, experts suggest you should replace your shoes after 300 to 500 miles of running or walking or after 45 to 60 hours of high-intensity exercise. At a minimum, treat yourself to a new pair at least once a year.
Learn more about when to replace athletic shoes from the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
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