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I am a beginner following the NHS Couch to 5k programme and am on week 4 though I have been repeating each week as prior to running my fitness levels were almost non existent.
I initially ran in a pair of Converse plimsole trainers but after a few weeks my knees felt quite sore so, following advice I went to an independent running shop for gait analysis and to buy my first pair of running shoes. During the initial assessment the shop confirmed I was a midfoot striker with what appeared to be a fairly neutral arch. On the video footage of me running on the treadmill however there appeared to be over pronation particularly in my left foot with a lesser amount in my right foot. After trying on a number of suggested shoes I chose the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 which felt the most comfortable when running on the treadmill and up and down outside a few times.
After doing the walk run C25K a couple of times wearing the Brooks, I suffered very sharp pain on my upper front / outside edge of my right foot (the one with less pronation). This is very apparent when I walk in the shoes but not when I run.
I discussed this with someone from a different independent running shop and his view was the shoes were inappropriate. Firstly because as a midfoot striker the stability aspects in the heel of the Brooks were wasted on me. Secondly the pain in my less pronating right foot was caused by the Brooks overcorrecting this foot when I was heel striking when walking, thirdly it was possible I wasnt actually an overpronator and that my right foot was pronating normally during the midfoot strike and the left foot had some hyper flexion as a result of partially tearing my ankle ligament 7 months ago. This shop suggested I was probably better suited to a more minimalist neutral shoe with less heel to toe drop eg 4mm and that I worked on my feet and ankle strength and flexibility and overall strength.
I am unable to return the Brooks to the original shop as they have been worn outside a number of times and the returns policy does not allow it. I am now worried that continuing to wear the Brooks will cause injuries. I am also wary of buying different shoes in case they also turn out to be a very costly mistake. Does anyone have any advice, thoughts or suggestions ?
PS Apologies for the title typo.