You love your old faithfuls, they’ve probably been with you for a while and got you through some really tough runs.

But running shoes deteriorate as they age and they also lose cushioning and integrity.

Old footwear can be a significant contributor to increased injury risk for many runners and athletes.

The cushioning materials in new shoes offer protection to the joints by providing shock attenuation to reduce peak and subsequent impact forces during the gait cycle. They also provide support (varying degrees depending on the type of shoe), which encourages the foot through its desired range of motion with the aim of limiting the overload to soft tissue structures like tendons and muscles. With age, both these functions of the shoe are compromised, so their ability to support and protect the feet, legs and body during running is considerably affected.

When cushioning deteriorates, there is a lot more stress on the ligaments, tendons and cartilage of joints within the feet as well as the ankles and knees, making runners much more prone to injuries like tendonitis and chondromalacia patella (irritation of the cartilage behind the kneecap).

Footwear durability is highly dependent on many factors, including gait pattern, use type and frequency.

Wearing old shoes can also extend the rehabilitation process when recovering from injury, because they’re not providing optimal support and cushioning.

Ensure your running shoes are replaced regularly to reduce your injury risk.

And what better time to get a new pair of racing shoes than NOW…

Visit intraining Running Centre, by 14 April 2019 and receive 20% off the BROOKS Ravenna and BROOKS Launch, giving you two weeks to break them in for race day!!!