I wrote a blog on ten tips how to deal with an Achilles injury, after I had a flare up of an Achilles injury after the New York Marathon and one of the things I've looked at changing to help reduce the reoccurrence of the injury was to use the Enertor performance insoles in my new pair of running trainers (The Nike LunarEpix Flyknit Shield ID).
The first thing that is noticeable from the stock insoles compared to the Enertor performance insoles, is how thin the stock insoles heal and midsole is in comparison to that of the Enertor insoles, as shown in the photos below.
Enertor use a patented D30 shock absorption material which offers extra cushioning and support whilst running. I've used them for a month now, coupled with strength and conditioning exercises for my glutes, legs, core etc.
My experience has been entirely positive, they are comfortable and are a marked upgrade from the standard insoles. They have really helped me during this injury recovery period, as it helps to reduce the impact of running on my Achilles and I'd have no problem to continue to use them in the future. If it's good enough for the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt then it's good enough for me.
The insoles aren't solely to be used for running, they can be used for a variety of other sports activities and walking to offer more support.
The short video below is an insole comparison test and it shows how the insole offers improved shock absorption from standard insoles, which can help protect against impact injuries. It demonstrates the superior support offered.
There is no fail proof way from getting injured, but if you try do everything in your power to try and minimise it, such as having consistent strength and conditioning training, changing your running shoes regularly or up grading your insoles etc. At least you can say, you've done everything in your power to minimise the risk of it occurring and impacting your race programme.
The insoles cost £39.99 and is well priced, to help reducing the likelihood of getting impact injuries. Once your injured seeing a physiotherapist for one hour will cost you more and typically you'll see a physiotherapist for a couple of appointments, so the cost of the insole is reasonably priced.
Furthermore if you buy a pair of the Enertor Performance Insoles you can get 25% off the price noted above by using the code: BAMARCUS
In terms of lifespan, based on a separate independent test, Enertor have conformed the insoles remained undeformed for 18 months. Which after the reduction of the discount code this works out at a cost of approx. £1.67 over 18 months which is a small cost to help minimise impact injuries.
Below is a short video showing my experience at Enertors Foot Function Centre where I had a running assessment.