let’s see how you run

The objective of gait analysis is to determine the runner’s motion or style, then select a shoe/s that best suit it.

Neutral/normal foot strike and ankle movement when distance running is where the foot strikes on the outside, generally biased to the heel, rolls inward with the ankle rotating, maintaining a straight Achilles, then pushing off from the ball of the foot. This motion is called pronation and it’s a natural shock absorption mechanism but many people over or under pronate, where the foot rolls a greater or smaller amount. This might not be a problem until you run, where the extra stress load can cause biomechanical problems and injury.

We can determine your gait/style by analysing a slowed down recording of you running on a treadmill. We then test a selection of shoes to find a pair that best suit your pronation, flow, efficiency and style. You can then choose a pair that fit and feel most comfortable, and you like the look of.

frequently asked questions

These are the frequently asked questions about gait analysis, just click on them for an answer.

If you need to know anything else before you visit, please give us a call or email.

Do I need to book?

Yes, booking is required.

How long does it take?

This varies from person to person, and could be anywhere between five minutes and an hour. Generally a good half hour is sufficient.

What should I wear?

Wear something comfortable to run in. It doesn’t have to be your running gear as you’ll only be running for 30 seconds at a time. If you wear specific socks for running, it’s a good idea to wear these, to ensure the shoe fits correctly.

How much does it cost?

Gait analysis is free with the purchase of a pair of shoes. If you choose not to buy shoes, there is a £30 charge, which can be used as a deposit off a future pair of shoes.

Shall I bring my current shoes?

It it not essential, but looking at your current shoes can help us to understand your running style.