Knowing your gait, how you strike the ground when you're running, is critical to a good workout. Gait data helps you select running shoes designed precisely for your stride, and most importantly, it's the difference between comfort and pain.
Sport Chalet running experts can help you benefit from a gait analysis-just like the world's top runners:
Video Gait Analysis (VGA) involves walking or running on a treadmill. A video recorder will be set-up behind the treadmill, which will record film of the gait cycle. The video is 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.
Pronation is the rolling of the foot from heel to toe through the foot strike. A proper or neutral pronation is hitting the outside of the heel and up to ball of your foot evenly across the front. This is how your foot reduces the stress of impact.
Underpronation is not enough evening out so the outside of your foot takes most of the shock instead of finishing in the neutral position.
Overpronation is too much roll across from the outside to the inside of your foot.
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