Run Gait Analysis
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At Total Endurance we offer FREE in-store and online gait analysis.
Appointments aren't essential, if you would prefer to make an appointments for a specific day/time slot in advance, please drop us a message in the contact page below. We are a local independent triathlon shop based in Aberdeen, Scotland.
If you are unable to make it to our store and wish to use our online gait analysis service, keep reading 👇🏼 for more information on how to send us your footage.
Gait analysis is very important as it will reduce your risk of common running injuries. Most runners will present after a short 30 second treadmill analysis as either needing a support or neutral running shoe. Our experienced team will then advise you on which shoes will work best for you. Additionally the fit and feel of a shoe is crucial which is why trying shoes on is so important in finding the right match for you.
Our team is made up of small group of runners/triathletes who all have a very high experience level in the running/triathlon industry. We like to believe we offer our customers a huge amount of knowledge and expertise that other shops don't. Running shoes are a big investment and we believe speaking to a member of our team and getting your gait analysed is the quickest way to getting you in the correct shoes. We have a love and passion for running/triathlon and a desire to contribute and improve the local running/triathlon community, encouraging many first time runners/triathletes through our events and retail store.
We offer an extensive range of running trainers from Hoka and On Running with a gait analysis available to help you pick out the best running shoe for your needs.
If coming to store for your gait analysis, please help us to help you, by:
- Ensuring your ankles are visible. Wear shorts/cropped pants or leggings that allow us to see the shape and outline of your ankle.
- Wear a pair of socks that you would normally run in.
- Wear your current running shoes to the appointment. This is so that we can see what you are running in, and for you to feel the difference. You only need to bring 1 pair, please do not bring any more that this.
- Wear clothes to run in. We will have you on the treadmill for the assessment, after this you may be on and off the treadmill or running outside our store to test out a few pairs.
Whilst an online gait analysis is helpful in making a recommendation, no online platform can replicate the analysis instore and we always advice customers that in store is the most thorough option. We can also talk through your needs either by email or telephone, so do just get in touch if you prefer!
We also offer gait analysis in store free of charge with no need to book in advance (if you do wish to book please contact us below). Simply call into store and a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team will walk you through the entire process, where you can relax in the comfort of our store.
ONLINE GAIT ANALYSIS PROCESS
1. Capture footage
2. Email footage
3. Our team get to work
Ensure that your ankles are visible, wear shorts or roll your trousers mid-way up. Ensure your socks are smooth i.e. no gather points.
Place a camera around 15 inches behind the treadmill and approximately 5 inches off the ground. If you don’t have a tripod try improvising with a stack of books or ask a friend to help you, you can always return the favour for them! Please try and wear neutral shoes for the gait analysis as this will help our team to accurately read your gait. Record at least 20-seconds of you running in the centre of the screen. The pictures below (click to zoon) show the ideal distance and height of your video. If you do not have access to a treadmill then please ask a friend to record you running away from camera three times. Have the camera as low as possible in the same way as the treadmill footage. Try to mimic the same pace as you do outdoors when running on the treadmill. If your file size is to large please email us your video via an online file transferring site such as www.wetransfer.com to firstname.lastname@example.org
When emailing your video please let us know a little more about your running history and the type of running you’re planning on doing. This isn’t because we’re being nosy; it will just help our team fit you into the best pair of trainers. The email contact form contains some questions, but feel free to add any other information, which you think might be relevant.
Once we’ve received your video our team of experts will analyse the footage and assess your gait to measure your level of pronation and identify any biomechanical inefficiencies. We slow the footage down and analyse it frame by frame to determine if you’re an overpronator, a neutral runner or if you underpronate.
Having assessed the footage a member of our team will then feedback their findings, including an analysis of your gait using dartfish analysis software along with recommendations as to the best type of running shoe for your gait and any other relevant feedback. If you’d like to chat to us further regarding your assessment you can chat to us in store on 01224900500
Our online gait analysis service is solely at your own risk. All advice from Total Endurance is intended as a guide only.
In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage in connection with the use of this service.
If in doubt please consult your GP before taking part in any exercise and the use of a treadmill and setting up a camera behind the treadmill should be done in a safe manor and if applicable with consideration to other gym users.
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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.