Gait analysis is a valuable tool for runners, regardless of their experience level. It helps runners understand their running style, which is essential for selecting the right shoes. The primary focus of gait analysis is assessing pronation, which is how the foot rolls during walking and running. Pronation acts as a natural shock absorber, distributing impact forces. Gait analysis matches pronation type with appropriate shoe types to counterbalance overpronation or under pronation, reducing injury risk and enhancing running efficiency. It helps choose between neutral or stability, supportive running shoes and identifies inefficiencies in foot, leg, and body movements that may lead to injuries or affect performance. Gait analysis can also identify other issues, such as slow cadence, heel striking, lack of core strength, and flexibility problems. Addressing these issues through strength-building, flexibility work, and proper shoe selection can prevent injuries and improve efficiency. If you are a runner or plan on embarking on running as a new sport, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a gait analysis and recommendation for the proper type of running shoe for you.
You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type
Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.
Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe
- Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
- There should be little to no slipping at the heel
- Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
- Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
- Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our our offices located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.