Gait analysis monitors your body's movement and your feet (sports biomechanics) whilst running. It is commonly used to help athletes run more efficiently and to identify movement related problems for people with injuries and seeking new running shoes. During gait analysis you will be asked to walk and run on our in-store treadmill whilst your movements are recorded using the latest Daftfish software. A slow-motion, detailed analysis will show and explain your biomechanics, specifically looking at pronation.
Pronation is the turning-inward movement that occurs when your foot touches the ground. During walking and running this acts as cushioning for the body. Everyone’s gait is slightly different, but there are four main types of running styles and pronation:
- Neutral Pronation
- Over Pronation
- Under Pronation, also known as Supination
- Forefoot runners
It is very important for us to know what running gait you have so we can advise and fit the correct shoes according to your own individual requirements. We stock a wide and varied range of footwear to help all forms of pronation above.
Gait Analysis Questions & Answers
Q: Do I have to book an appointment for gait analysis?
A: No, we operate a first come first serve basis. We will usually have somebody ready to help you, if not there may be a small wait of 5-10 minutes.
Q: How long does the process take?
A: Each runner varies in time, but we normally allow 10 – 30 minutes per gait analysis.
Q: Do I need bring my old shoes?
A: You can if you prefer, this can help us diagnose problems you may be having, although it is not essential. We provide footwear for the Gait Analysis.
Q: Do I need running socks?
A: No, you can wear your current socks and if required we supply try-on running socks.
Q: Do I need to bring my running gear?
A: No, we do require you to roll your trousers up a few times to see the full foot - but that is all.
Q: How long do I have to run on the treadmill for?
A: The longest run will be for only 20 – 40 seconds.
Q: I currently have an injury, can I complete a gait analysis?
A: It will depend on the actual injury. We advise that you come into store and have a chat with our staff to assess whether you can complete the analysis.
Q: What is the best time to come into the store and complete the gait analysis ?
A: Weekends are normally busier but we will always fit everyone in, the waiting time can vary.
Q: Do you charge for gait analysis?
A: The service is free when purchasing shoes from us; however, there is a charge of £15 if you require a gait analysis only. This will be deducted on your receipt.
Q: How many shoes will I need to try on?
A: It depends on the outcome of the gait analysis and the person. We will always recommend that you try a selection of brands and models to find what suits you best.