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Running Gait Analysis

 

Here at the BodyWorks clinic we offer a comprehensive running gait analysis service that uses video technology to record and analyse your running gait. We look at your overall running kinematics (the way you run), stride length and width and step rate. From the analysis, we offer you a bespoke strength and conditioning program to help you improve your running economy and advise you on strategies to help reduce either injury risk, or help you manage a current injury.

Gait Analysis – should you try to change the way you run?

This is an interesting discussion point and one for you to form your own opinion about. From a Sports Therapists stand point, it’s a classic don’t fix it if it’s not broken strategy. However, I see runners on a daily basis in the clinic with some sort of running related injury, from Achilles Tendinopathy to Patella-Femoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) and many more. In a situation where a subtle alteration to your running gait can result in pain free running, then Gait Analysis is paramount to establishing and identifying dysfunction and can help therapists prescribe relevant exercises and gait changes for you.

over striding

Is there an ideal running gait?

UK Athletics promote:

  • Tall posture
  • Relaxed shoulders, efficient backwards arm swing
  • Foot strike happens close to centre of mass (COM)
  • Knee slightly flexed at initial contact with a vertical shin
  • Minimal lateral movement – no medial collapse

mid stance

What are the repercussions of not having an ideal running gait?

You may increase your injury risk. For example, when in mid stance, your ankle is in dorsi flexion and 20% of pronation and both your knee and hip are in slight flexion to help absorb the load. If you are unable to dorsi flex your foot due to inhibitions in the calf complex for example, you increase your knee flexion which can over time, over load the joint and result in Patella-Femoral Pain Syndrome (PFSP) or an Achilles Tendinopathy.

Also during this mid stance phase, if your hip adducts and internally rotates more than 20%, then you increase the load on your knee and there’s an association between increase internal rotation and PFPS

hip extensionIn short, a running gait assessment provides a clear indication of running habits and load capacity. It enables Therapists to identify contributing factors and plan exercises to improve someone’s load capacity and reducing pain when running.

We look at how much hip flexion you have, the position of your ankle and knee in mid stance landing and whether you’re over -striding or not.

Get in touch

To find out more about our Running Gait Analysis service, call us on 07957 596091 or book an appointment online through the website.

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