Run Gait Analysis
Run Gait Analysis Explained
Our running gait analysis sessions will help you get a better understanding of how you you run. We all have slight differences in our running technique and these differences are key to understand your running gait as this will help identify what type of running shoes are best designed for you.
The running analysis session is free and we will give you plenty of advice on how you run and anything that could be an injury risk. With our background in coaching we can also advise any technique areas you can work on to help improve running and reduce injury risk.
For these appointments we advise booking in advance to ensure we will have one of our team available and our treadmill isn't being used for a biomechanical run analysis sessions
What is the process for the Run Gait Analysis?
- We start by having a brief chat about your running history (mileage, injuries etc), current running shoes you have been using.
- Next we get you onto the treadmill and we slowly build up the pace to a gentle jog
- Once you are at a steady pace we will take a short video clip from a range of different positions including how you feet hit the ground relative to your body.
- We will then playback the videos to you, so you can see what you look like when running and our expertly trained staff will discuss the videos and identify the level of pronation (natural rolling inwards or outwards of the feet) - See below for more information
- From the videos we can discuss what types of shoes you should consider and we can let you try on some different running shoes
- We can let you try each of the shoes on the treadmill and try running in the shoes to see how they feel and we can take some follow up videos to show you how your running gait interacts with each of the shoes. We can even compare different shoes side-by-side and explain the differences between them all.
It is important to remember that running shoes are designed to aid your running and they aren't the be all and end all to correcting your run technique.
Common injuries often stem from other issues such as muscle imbalance, lack of flexibility and most commonly overuse injuries. We will offer advice on anything we see as being a potential issue and in unique situations we can refer you to our in-house sports therapists so will be able to offer more in-depth exploration of potential injury causes.
Overpronation / Over Supination / Neutral
These are all buzz words that get thrown around a lot and it is important to understand what they mean. The image below starts to give you a really good idea of what these terms mean.
- Overpronation usually stems from a weakness in the foot or people with flat arches that causes the foot to roll inwards. As the foot is planted and put under pressure it rolls inwards excessively, causing the weight to move to the inner edge. For people who overpronate excessively and suffer from recurring injuries, we would typically recommend a stability shoe.
- Neutral gait usually means the foot lands on the outer edge and then rolls inwards in a controlled manner allowing for an even distribution of weight and shock absorption. We would typically recommend a neutral shoe.
- Oversupination occurs when the foot lands on the outside at a steep angle with little or no inward movement. This can sometimes create a jarring sensation and excess pressure through the lower leg. Often seen in runners with high arches. We would typically recommend a neutral shoe for this gait.