At the beginning of the gait analysis, we will ask you to try on a neutral shoe and ask you to run on our treadmill for about 30 seconds. We will record your running gait, enabling us to look in slow motion at how you are landing, where you are landing and also how your knees and hips are moving.
After analysing your movements during this short run, we will then discuss how often you run, your running goals, and what kind of surfaces you prefer to run on, before offering you a selection of shoes that will suit your running style. You will then be able to try these shoes on the treadmill and again, we will record this in order to compare it with the first gait recording.
Comfort is definitely key, but it is also extremely important to get the correct level of support. In terms of choosing the right running shoes, analysing pronation is vital.
What is pronation?
Pronation refers to the way your foot rolls inward for impact distribution upon landing. It's part of the natural movement of the human body, but it differs from person to person.
As your foot strikes the ground, it rolls inward to absorb the shock. As it does this, the arch of your foot supports on average three times your body weight. There are three main pronation types:
The outer side of the heel hits the ground at an increased angle with little or no inward rolling (pronation), causing a large transmission of shock through the lower leg.
Push Off: pressure on smaller toes on the outside of the foot
Injuries: plantar fasciitis, shin splints, ankle strain
Foot Type: high arches
The foot lands on the outside of the heel, then rolls inward (pronates) to absorb shock and support body weight.
Push Off: even distribution from the front of th foot.
Injuries: less likely due to effective shock absorption, but neutral runners are not immune to injury.
Foot Type: normal-size arches
The foot lands on the outside of the heel, then rolls inward (pronates) excsessively, transferring weight to the inner edge instead of the ball of the foot.
Push Off: big toe and second toe do majority of the work.
Injuries: shin splints, plantar fasciitis, bunions and heel spurs.
Foot Type: low arches or flat feet.
Our free gait analysis normally takes around 15-30 minutes and is available most days, depending on staff levels. If you would prefer to book an appointment, please, click here.