Gait is the way in which we move our whole body from one point to another.
Gravity & Mass x (Feet + ankles + legs + knees + hips) x Motion = Your Gait
Gait analysis usually involves walking or running on a treadmill. In some cases the professional will simply watch the way that you move, looking in particular at your feet, ankles, knees and hips. In more specialist settings, a video recorder will often be set-up behind the treadmill, which will record film of your gait cycle. This can then be relayed to a laptop where slow motion and freeze frames can be used to carefully assess your running or walking style. This form of gait analysis usually focuses on the feet and ankles. Watch our video on treadmill gait analysis here.
I went to a local running store to have a free gait analysis done. The analysis took less than 15 minutes, but provided a wealth of information. Now, I know that I overpronate and need shoes that will support my gait... by doing this, I will avoid injuries down the line.
If you haven't had a gait analysis, please consider having one before you purchase your next set of running shoes. You might as well invest in shoes that will provide the support that you need for your particular gait.
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