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  • When should I replace my basketball shoes?

    Basketball shoesBasketball shoes should actually be replaced fairly frequently. Like for runners, shoes should be replaced every 350-500 miles or so—which takes a little under 70 total hours of running. The hard pounding from sprinting, jumping, and twisting back and forth in basketball quickly breaks down the supports in your court shoes and compromises the overall stability of the footwear. This can contribute to overuse injuries in your feet and ankles, which can cause additional problems in your knees, hips, and back. That’s why replacing worn shoes before they have a chance to contribute to injuries is so important.

    Practically speaking, how often you replace shoes will depend on how much basketball you play. Professional players typically replace their footwear after a few games. College and highs school players usually only need to replace their shoes every couple of months, depending on how many hours they practice and play in game. One thing is for sure: if you’re noticing aches and pains during or after playing, it’s time to replace your shoes.

    Let our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. know if you experience foot pain from worn out shoes. You can reach our Castle Pines, Parker, or Cherry Creek, CO, offices online or by calling (303) 805-5156.

  • What should I look for in a basketball shoe?

    Get yourself into the right pair of basketball shoesBasketball shoes are nearly as important to the sport as the ball and the hoops. That’s why finding basketball shoes that fit and support you correctly is so necessary. Make sure the rubber sole has a tread pattern that’s helpful for rapid direction changes, particularly on court surfaces. Consider whether you want the ankle support from high tops, or you’d rather have the lighter low top styles. Make sure the arches meet your support needs. Check out the shock absorption, too. Some models have special liners and other interior features to help absorb and distribute hard impacts when you land jumps.

    It’s typically best to get your basketball shoes fitted by a professional who understand sports footwear and can help you find the best pair for your style of play. The general rules for fitting footwear still apply—have your feet measured, try on shoes late in the day when your feet are at their largest, and only pick comfortable pairs. If you’re having any trouble finding basketball shoes, let our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you. Make an appointment at one of our locations in Parker, Castle Pines, or Cherry Creek, CO, through our website or by calling (303) 805-5156.