FOOT MAPPING AND GAIT ANALYSIS - HOW IT CAN IMPROVE YOUR RUNNING EFFICIENCY
Gait analysis provides runners with essential information about their running style. This is information is always important, no matter how long they have been running, as only through knowing their running style will they be able to select the right shoes.
The major focus of gait analysis is to measure the degree of pronation. Pronation is the natural inward roll of the foot as the outside part of the heel strikes the ground. This roll acts as a shock absorber for the leg and body, optimally distributing the force of the impact of the heel hitting the ground.
- Overpronation is when the feet roll inward too much
- Underpronation (or supination) is where the feet don’t roll inward enough.
Gait analysis matches the runner’s degree of pronation with the correct shoe type, with the aims of counter-balancing over or underpronation, helping reduce the risk of injury and improving running efficiency.
WHAT IS VIDEO GAIT ANALYSIS?
Video gait analysis involves running for a few minutes on a treadmill while a recording is made of runner’s feet. This footage is then slowed down and analysed in detail by an ASICS professional who is knowledgably enough to explain the findings. Runners can then try a variety of shoes based on the results, selecting cushioning, structured cushioning or maximum support options.
As well as helping runners to find the right shoe through assessing the movement of the foot, video gait analysis also looks at leg and body movement to see if the analysis can help the runner further. By slowing the video down and viewing the different running stages in detail, ASICS representatives can help identify certain movements which may be triggering injuries or affecting running efficiency.
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