How Do I Know When I Need To Replace My Sneakers? Does Orthopedic athletic footwear make a differences?

How Do I Know When I Need To Replace My Sneakers?

Does Orthopedic athletic footwear make a differences?

We think many of us (myself included) aren’t as great about regularly replacing our sneakers as we could be.

Most of us, often forget to check my athletic footwear for signs of wear and tear, and don’t often remember to replace them until I see signs of the heel lining wearing away (oops).

I wanted to share some tips with you on how you can check your sneakers to properly identify when they need to be replaced so you don’t end up wearing shoes that no longer fit & support you the way they should.


Most athletic footwear feature a rubber outsole for durability and traction.

When your outsole starts to wear away and you see unevenness in your heels, you will know it is time to replace your sneakers.

Some people will see more wear on the outside edge of their outsole, and others will see more wear on the inside edge of their outsole.

This is the result of your gait and foot type. Just know that if either side of your outsole is more worn than the other, it is time for a new pair of sneaks!


The midsole of the sneaker is what gives it the cushioning and support that your foot needs to remain active and feeling good on your feet.

Midsoles are typically made of materials called EVA or PU, which help to absorb shock while you’re involved in your activities.

If you start to see creasing or compression in your midsoles, it is time to get a new pair of sneakers.

If you allow your midsole to become too compressed, you risk the possibility of foot injuries due to strain or repetitive impact.

Heel Counter

The heel counter in your sneakers helps to keep the heel in place and prevent excessive or unwanted motion inside the shoe.

Heel counters should be firm and not easily bent if they are to offer proper support.

If you squeeze the heel of your shoe and it feels soft or flexible, it is time to get a new set of athletic shoes.

Typically, athletic shoes should be replaced every 3-4 months, depending on frequency and type of use.

If you’re using orthotics in your sneakers, be sure to check those for signs of wear as well.

 Orthotics  should typically be replaced every 6 – 12 months, depending on frequency and type of use.

Yours in Good Healthy
Trina Kincey ~ Integrative Health Coach ~ Owner of Get Real Wellness, LLC

Why you need orthopedic/therapeutic constructed athletic footwear?

The Running  and Walking Shoe World

Unfortunately, we have a hunch that you just spent a lot of money on an expensive pair of high-end running shoes expecting them to solve your problem and end your pain.

Did they???

We‘re not surprised to hear they didn’t, but you might be scratching your head as to why.

Watch this informational DTFootwear video explaining the primary differences between conventional athletic footwear and therapeutic athletic footwear.  We think you’ll find your answer.


Now let’s talk in more detail about the ten reasons that make orthopedic/therapeutic footwear the better choice for the health of your foot:


  1. Orthopedic/Therapeutic shoes have the strongest mid-support in the shoe business, preventing bilateral movement, and a midsection depth that gives you support.
  2. Plus, the maximum room available in the footwear world.
  3. They also have the most solid heel counter in the business, working to prevent the bi-lateral movement of your foot. In an orthopedic/therapeutic shoe, you’ll also find a taller/fuller toe box creating more space and wiggle room for your toes.

4)   Extended bottoms give you the fullest width and support, more than any other shoe company out there.

5)    They’re a lightweight shoe causing less wear and tear on your feet, without skimping on support.

6)    Removable Arch support, or customized insert, create a more advanced support system for your foot.

The next time you buy a pair of shoes, makes sure they have a removable footbed.  With a removable footbed, you’ll be able to use your custom made inserts, which offer far more support and comfort than a standard factory footbed.

Approximately eighty-five percent of athletic shoes have zero support in the factory-made inserts.

It’s beneficial to your foot to use an insert explicitly molded for your foot, but you can not stack a custom insert on top of a factory-made footbed.

Ensure the shoe’s footbed is removable before making a purchase.  For more information about our triple-layered, heat molded, custom inserts, and how to get THREE pairs for FREE, visit

7)   Women’s styles have a 3 to 1 combination for better fit and support for your heel.

8)   A fuller forefront in the construction of the footwear creates a more comfortable, supportive fit.

9)   The deeper heel counters promote better balance and support of the heel.


Need a specific size, width, or length to create that perfect?

Not to worry, we have you covered!

We have 4 A (slender width for ladies), 2 A (narrow width for ladies), B ( Medium width for ladies and narrow width for men)

Then,  D (medium width for men and wide width for ladies), 2 E, 3 E, 4 E, 5 E, 6 E, 7 E, 9 E, 10 E, 14 E widths in men’s and women’s styles.

We carry up to size 20 in men’s styles, and 15 in women’s.

We have 5 to 6 lengths in select styles for men and 4 1/2 to 5 in women’s length.

Why they call us the “King Of Widths.”


Thank you,

Ron Heinlein | President/Founder | 909-215-1622 |

Bringing you over 50 years of industry experience- trained by the best in the business. Designer Therapeutic Footwear Co.

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