I wore the new shoes in the hope that their cushioning and arch support would be better than my current Pegasus shoes. I could feel the arch support pressing on the painful area of my right foot, suggesting that it was, perhaps, offering more support than my older shoes. Consciously walking on the outside of the foot almost eliminated the pain and I remain hopeful that I might be able to jog lightly, pain-free, on Sunday.
When runners consult me about injuries, I often suggest they try wearing different shoes to see if that makes a difference. Even if they are the same brand, slight manufacturing variations and differing levels of wear can make a difference. I have been wedded to Nike Pegasus and its forerunners for many years and am now reluctant to change brands for fear of creating new injuries. However, I don't think there's anything special about them - it's more the devil you know versus the devil you don't.
|Taking a break while hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1986|
Although I favour Nike, I think that there are many excellent running shoes out there these days. In my earlier career, apart from Tiger, I also wore Brooks, New Balance and Adidas for extended periods and found them all good. Every individual is different, and every individual needs to experiment with different shoes until they find the brand and model that suits them best. Sometimes, if injuries persist, orthotics might be needed.