The Treatment Lab

Are your running shoes increasing your risk of injury?

12th July 2017








Are your running shoes right for you? Are you helping reduce your injury risk?

The running shoe is one of the most important purchases for a runner. It can also be one of the most expensive, so it is vital that you have the right shoe for you; you want to ensure that you aren’t increasing your risk of injury, and you want to make sure you spend your hard earned money on a pair that you will get full use from.

Injuries including Achilles tendinopathy, patella-femoral pain, ITB syndrome and shin pain can all be influenced by your shoe. Your foot biomechanics are unique to you, and only some trainers will be suitable. If your biomechanics are not optimal, you increase your risk of these injuries.







There are many different types of running shoe- cushioned, stability and control. But how do you know which pair is for you?


Cushioned are generally for someone that does not pronate at all (the medial arch of the foot dropping during weight baring part of gait cycle).


Stability shoes offer cushioning and a mild amount of pronation control.  This is suitable for people with a mild pronation.


Control shoes offer support for over pronator’s who require structured support.  Depending on how much you over-pronate, an orthotic may be required for more structured support.


If you are new to running, and you are not sure of your running style and foot type, you should get a gait analysis at a specialist running shop. They will check your biomechanics and provide you with a choice of suitable shoes.


Sweatshop offer gait analysis to offer the correct advice on suitable running shoes.  The local Sweatshop to The Treatment Lab is Sweatshop Milton Keynes:


Over time, trainers will wear down and fail to offer the support and cushioning that is needed..  It is also important to replace your trainer when they have become worn. After around 400-500 miles, you trainer will lose their shock absorbing properties, and will need replacing.  If you are training for a race, it is wise to replace new trainers approximately 6-8 weeks before the race.  Running long distances in new trainers can cause blisters, so allow time for you to break them in.




Remember- everyone is different, and all injuries are different.  This article is for information only and does not constitute advice for your injury.  You should consult a qualified therapist to accurately diagnose and treat your injury.  You can book in with one of our experts at The Treatment Lab by calling us on 01908 766425.

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