If you are thinking of taking up running in the new year or if you are an existing runner, it is very important to have properly fitting and appropriate footwear. The Osteopaths and physiotherapists at Martin Davies Osteopaths are constantly having to deal with injuries caused by inappropriate footwear and in particular badly chosen running shoes. Many injuries such as Achilles strains, shin splints, knee pain, back ache and hip problems can be caused by poor sports shoes! We recommend all runners of all abilities to be assessed at their sports shop to make sure they have the correct footwear to avoid injury. The minimum assessment should include static and dynamic gait analysis and actually trying your prospective purchases on a treadmill! (Pictures courtesy of “Sweatshop”, Hyde, Cheshire.)