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Signs You Need a Gait Analysis

Updated: May 25

Gait analysis allows you to pinpoint issues with how you run. This gives you the necessary information to rectify the situation and adjust your muscles and posture to ensure you are running correctly. Gait analysis is also useful in providing information to help with choosing the right running shoe.


Your shoes have a major impact on how you run. They’re also the first clue that you may need gait analysis. Here are some of the most common signs that something may be wrong and needs to be corrected with the right shoe design.



Your Ankles Turn Easily

Do you frequently twist your ankles and find yourself struggling with ankle pain when running? This could indicate that you need a shoe with better support. Your running gait analysis will give you a better idea of which way your ankle turns and what it will look like if you use proper support.


You Are Frequently Off-Balance

If you tend to lose balance easily, you may need better shoes. This can actually affect your balance, so be sure you have the best possible balance and running posture. Aside from shoes, you have the opportunity to improve your posture in order to improve your balance.


Your Running is Slower

Slowing down over time means you should check your gait to see if there’s a better way to manage things. You may need different shoes, as well as stretching more and training. There are many factors that can slow you down, but it’s important to figure out what is happening. Once you figure out what the issue is, you can set about resolving it however it’s necessary.


What is Checked in a Gait Analysis?

The gait analysis will look at several things, including:

- How you distribute your weight

- The angle of your hips

- The angle of your foot

- Where your centre of pressure is

- Your stride length

- How fast you run

- How much force is applied when your run

- How your foot hits the ground

- How long is taken to swing your foot

- Which direction your feet are pointing in when running


These are all factors that will affect the way you run. When you do a gait analysis, the running experts will examine your movement and then determine whether or not you need extra help or if a pair of shoes will help.


Once you know what the problem is with your gait, the running experts can recommend the best shoes for you. Then you can easily select what you need. With a wide variety of running footwear available, it is possible to use the information from gait analysis to determine the best shoe for you.


Get in Touch

At Velorunner, based in Staffordshire, we can perform your gait analysis and provide you with suggestions to correct how you run. You’ll end up faster and more efficient. To find out how we can help you choose the right running shoes call us on 01785 818 055 or email peter@velorunner.co.uk


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