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Right running shoes 'vital to avoid injury'

Posted 16 June 2011
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Right running shoes 'vital to avoid injury'
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Having the right footwear - such as the correct running shoes - is essential to help people avoid injury when undertaking physical activity, an expert has said.

Editor of Men's Fitness magazine Jon Lipsey said a one-size-fits-all approach is incorrect, advising: "If you're going running, you need to pick a pair of shoes that suits your gait cycle (the way you run) and the terrain you'll be running on."

He explained light footwear is needed for short runs, while greater cushioning is needed for those taking on longer-distance road runs.

And reinforced inside soles may be needed for "pronators" - people whose ankles collapse inwardly when their foot hits the ground.

Mr Lipsey also noted the importance for walkers of wearing hiking boots with stiff toes when walking on rough ground.

The editor's comments come after the publication of a poll by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, which revealed 77 per cent of people undertaking outdoor activities admitted sometimes wearing the wrong footwear.

It warned this could not only lead to injury, but widespread arthritis as a result of damage to joints.