I am running well with my current running shoes but my running mates tell me that they “finished”. How do I tell if they need replacing? Lindsay, Linksfield.
A shoe or foot issue?
Hole in the toe of your shoe? Is it the shoe or your foot’s fault?
Bring Pain to Heel
Q: I have bumps on the back of my heels that hurt when my running shoes press on them. What are they? Sandy J.
Q: I have a toe problem that is not really a sports injury, but is aggravated by my running. My toenail is vrot. I think it is an ingrown nail that looks infected, hurts and is starting to smell. – Mia, Stellenbosch
Q: Do we really need to run in shoes? I would like to try running barefoot. – Stacey
Orthotics or Not
Q: My running buddies say that I should wear orthotics when I run because I dont run straight. What is the deal with orthotics? Ian, Durban.
Q I am a woman of 25 and about to start running. What is the best shoe on the market? I have an old pair of running shoes I could use in the meantime. Is that OK? Paula, Johannesburg
Sore Between the Toes
Q: I have a strange pain in my left foot. It has been there for a month and it feels like it is between my small toes. It is worse when I run fast in my racing shoes. What should I do? Stuart, Port Elizabeth
Calf Pain Remedy
Q: I am an older runner training for shorter races and triathlons. I often get calf and hamstring injuries and my physiotherapist says it is from not being flexible enough. Frank, Johannesburg South.
Q: I am a casual runner and I often get cramps under the soles of my feet. How can I prevent this from happening? Amanda, Cape Town.