Record numbers of Brits are suffering from injuries related to the misuse and the overuse of trainers, according to research out today from JJB Sports.
When worn correctly, the trainer is the perfect shoe to provide support for the feet, but thanks to misuse podiatrists are now seeing as many as one in 10 visits from patients who are wearing the wrong type of trainer or simply wearing old trainers that have long since passed their sell-by-date.
According to experts, the misuse and overuse of trainers are causing 60% more injuries than killer heels. JJB Sports’ survey questioned over 2,000 people nationwide and reveals that Brits’ love affair with sports shoes is so great that more than four in 10 confess to wearing them every day. However, despite this regular use, over half claim they only buy a new pair of sports shoes once every two years or less, meaning that trainers are being overused by millions of people up and down the country.
Podiatrists say that this overuse is where the problem lies - reporting a whole range of ailments from mild foot discomfort, toe nail irritations, odour problems and shin splints to more serious, longer term damage such as considerable changes in gait and major hip and back problems. And it’s young people who appear to be most at risk at overusing their trainers, with the under 25s most likely to wear trainers every day (85%) and over three-quarters thinking that they should only be replaced when completely worn down.