Gait Analysis and Fitting Service
FINDING THE RIGHT RUNNING SHOES
Gait Analysis- £20.00
Fitting/Try on service- £10.00
Fitting Service- £10.00
'Trail Shoes' and 'Try For Fit Or Feel'
We are often asked to try a specific shoe or brand for fit and feel- this is generally to shop elsewhere, whilst we are happy to offer this service, as a small independent store I unfortunately can't afford to do this for free (the cost is redeemable against the shoes if you choose to purchase within 14 days).
We spend a lot of time running up and downstairs carrying boxes to ensure the correct fit and that they are suitable for your aspirations and feet.
We totally understand that it's a big purchase, and for that reason we are happy for you to have a think and to come back for purchase within 14 days.
Gait Analysis is what we use to find the right shoe for you as an individual, and is used for Road Running Shoes rather than Trail Running Shoes.
We are frequently asked 'what is the best shoe'? Simply put the best shoe is the one that fits, feels and provides the right level of support and cushioning for you which is where our expertise will assist.
- Talk about your current running
- Future aspirations
- Previous injuries
- Look at wear pattern of current shoes
- Assess running style (watching you run)
- Look at comfort
- Determine which shoe is best for you
Pronation is how your foot rolls inwards as it strikes the floor and is a perfectly natural part of the gait cycle of walking and running distributing the impact of landing. Understanding this movement is important because it determines how well your feet are absorbing shock and how evenly you can push off the ground. If your foot rolls too far in or out, you could be wasting energy and, even worse, risking injury without the proper corrective footwear.
Overpronation approximately 70% of the population are overpronators where the foot rolls excessively inward transferring weight to the inner edge and arch rather than centrally across the ball of the foot. This is often found in runners with low arches or flat feet, and can cause or contribute to the following......
- Heel pain.
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Iliotibial band syndrome, an inflammation of a ligament on the outside of the knee.
- Chronic lower back pain.
- Stress fractures in the foot or lower leg.
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Neutral Pronation where the foot lands on the outer edge, then rolls inwards in a controlled manner, this distributes impact of landing evenly, helping to absorb shock. On push off there is an even distribution of pressure from the front of the foot.
Supination when the outer side of the foot strikes the ground with little or no movement inwards landing at a steeper than normal angle. This causes a large transmission of shock through the lower legs. Supination can cause or contribute to the following injuries......
- Ankle pain,
- Plantar fasciitis
- Stress higher up the body
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Back pain
We have carefully trained all of our staff to understand the basics of Biomechanics, and to understand how each shoe will help a runner.
Please note Gait Analysis is free with purchase and £20 without however the cost is refundable against a pair of shoes within 14 days.