Ever buy a pair of shoes only to be back at the store soon after or at the Physio with shin splits, plantar fasciitis or knee pain? Physiotherapist Brad Beer shares 4 things to avoid to help you choose the best running shoes.
- Avoid transitioning to running in minimalist or lighter running shoes too quickly. A too quick of transition will adversely load the achilles tendon and calves. This adverse loading will make the calves and achilles tender, tight, and susceptible to injury.
- Try not to change shoes just before a race. Many runners panic about their shoe selection leading into a major event. Don’t panic, stick with what you know. Blisters are a common side effect from racing or training in a new pair of shoes.
- Don’t be fooled into believing that the most expensive running shoe is the best choice. The most expensive shoes are seldom the best for every runner. Quite often the shoe with the highest $RRP is the maximum stability shoe in that particular shoe range. Such shoes are typically bulky and heavy. When a runner has gained knowledge of steps one and two such a heavy and motion controlling shoe may not actually be required.
- Avoid wearing shoes for too long. Many runners resist spending money to replace old shoes. Running in old shoes increases the runner’s lower limb injury risk. The effect of this is an over loading of the bony structures. Typically the toes or shins will begin to become sore.
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Brad Beer is a physiotherapist, author and the Founder of a company called POGO Physio.