Hi, just thought this may be best as a new discussion as the last one is over a year old!
I've had a while off running, partly due to the Achilles tendonitis thing, and partly other issues, during which I've bought a bike to try and keep at least some level of fitness.
So, as much I enjoy riding my bike, and will continue to do, I've also now started to pick up my running again, and as such have revisited the Achilles issue. I have now ran several short (3-4 miles) runs, and so far my Achilles is OK. My lower calves are a little tight but no injury.I have read a lot about shoes possibly contributing to Achilles issues, and my old orthotics are over 10 years old and frankly worn so thin as to be useless, especially on the heel. I know they were originally allowing for a slight leg length difference (4-5mm) by building in a raise on the left
(the side I have Achilles issues with), which, due to compression and compaction over the years is no longer there or doing anything. So my left leg is now potentially feeling that length difference when running, thus (possibly) compounding the Achilles issue, even if not actually causing it?
I'd love to ditch the old orthotics and run in support shoes, so I have tried a few pairs at the running shop and have shortlisted a few.
I'd appreciate your comments and opinions on them?
Or any others to consider for...
- Mizuno Wave 'Inspire' 19
- Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22
- Brooks Glycerine GTS 20
- Hoka Arahi 6
- New Balance X 860 v13
- New Balance X Vongo v5
- Max cushioning (13st and not a graceful runner!)
- Moderate and decent stability to control pronation, but not intrusive or aggressive (like Asics Kayano's)
I'd like something with some 'spring' or 'bounce' rather than a flappy or 'dead' feel underfoot but I'm not precious about weight, as I'm not a speed merchant and value comfort and injury protection more.I read that a higher heel lift can help with Achilles issues (thus the Brooks and Mizuno both having 12mm)