Sports and Spinal Physio LTD
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Running shoes – Choosing the right ones!

Running shoes – Choosing the right ones!​​​​

Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, knee and heel pain are common running injuries. Poor quality training shoes are one of the most common causes of this. Choosing the correct footwear is a must in injury prevention for people commencing or upgrading their training programs.

We hear the story over and over again of the patient who starts a fitness program, grabs their old joggers from the cupboard (usually a 10 year old pair of Nike Air Max), and gets stuck into their training only to break down with injury 1-2 weeks into the program.

Here are some simple footwear tips from Sports and Spinal Physio:

  • You get what you pay for in footwear – cheap shoes are cheap for a reason.
  • If you are running regularly (i.e. 3 times per week or more) you should replace your shoes every 6 months (or every 600 miles) – even if they still look in good shape – because they begin to lose their cushioning leading to larger impact forces and increased injury risk.
  • If you are trying on different shoes place one model on the right root and a different model on the left foot then walk or run around the store – this makes it easier to compare fit and comfort.

As we all have different foot types and running characteristics ask a member of the Sports and Spinal Physio team to perform a video gait analysis of your running. In this session we will check your foot type and then assess your running style and foot function whilst you are in motion on the treadmill. The therapist will then make suggestions regarding the correct running shoe for you (cushioned, stability or motion controlled) and provide technique tips to reduce your injury risk.

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