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January 19, 2017

Giving New Life to Old Shoes for Those in Need

Daphne, AL (January 31, 2017) – You may have put a lot of miles on your old running shoes, but when you donate them to the “Many More Miles” campaign, your shoes will land on the feet of someone who really needs them. For the 14th consecutive year, Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C. will once again host this important community project, partnering with the Port City Pacers, USA Student Recreation Center and McCoy Outdoor Company to collect shoes for the homeless outreach programs of Wings of Life and Discovery Ministries. Response to the campaign has grown since its inception from 200 pairs donated in 2003 to 1899 pairs contributed in 2016. With the kickoff beginning the month of January each year, donations for 2017 are now being accepted with final shoe drop-offs received at the 2017 Azalea Trail Run on Saturday, March 25. Mobile and Baldwin County elementary students will also once again be given the opportunity to collect shoes and earn money for their schools’ P.E. programs. Baldwin Bone & Joint will award cash prizes to the individual P.E. programs for the top three schools donating the most shoes. So clean up those gently used athletic shoes, tie them together in pairs and drop them off at any of the following locations:
  • Baldwin Bone and Joint -1505 Daphne Avenue, Daphne
  • Dr. Glenn Glass, Daphne
  • McCoy Outdoor Company – 3498 Springhill Avenue, Mobile
  • The University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center
  • 2017 Azalea Trail Run Expo, Mobile Civic Center on March 25
For more information, call 621-5387.

TIP SHEET: Signs Your Running Shoes Need to Be Replaced

Running in old or worn-out running shoes can lead to running injuries. Over time, your running shoes lose shock absorption, cushioning and stability. When you run in worn-out shoes, it increases the stress and impact on your legs and joints, which can cause overuse injuries. One of the best things you can do to prevent running injuries is to replace your shoes at the right time. Here’s how you know that you need new running shoes:

  1. The mileage on your shoes is high.
    A good rule of thumb is to replace your running shoes every 300-400 miles, depending on your running style, body weight, and the surface on which you run. Smaller runners can get new shoes at the upper end of the recommendation while heavier runners should consider replacement shoes closer to 300 miles. If you run on rough roads, you’ll need to replace your shoes sooner than if you do primarily treadmill running. If you take good care of your running shoes, you may be able to get away with the higher end of that range.
  2. You’re feeling pain.
    If you’ve been feeling muscle fatigue, shin splints, or some pain in your joints — especially your knees — you may be wearing shoes that have lost their cushioning. When you’re feeling pain on both sides — both knees, for example — that’s often an indication that you need new running shoes.
  3. Your shoes fail the twist test.
    If you hold your running shoes at both ends and twist the shoe, it should feel firm. An old shoe or one that doesn’t have proper support will twist easily.
  4. Your soles are worn-out.
    One tell-tale sign that you need new running shoes is if your soles are worn-out. The soles last longer than the shoe’s cushioning and shock absorbency, so if the soles are worn down, it’s definitely time for new ones. You should never run in shoes that have worn-down soles. Save them for working in the garden or mowing the lawn!
  5. Newer shoes feel much better.
    Some experts recommend that runners rotate two pairs of running shoes. If you get a new pair of running shoes about half-way through the life of your old ones, they can serve as a reference to help you notice when your old ones are ready to be replaced. If you notice a big difference in the cushioning of the newer pair, then it’s probably time to retire the old ones.

When to replace running shoes, By Christine Luff, May 14, 2013