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What Does Your Gait Say About You?

Friday, 16 January 2015 15:30:00 Europe/London

Gait Analysis is the study of human motion. It is commonly used in sports biomechanics to assess how athletes can run more efficiently and to identify posture-related or movement-related problems.

Gait analysis is not exclusive to top athletes. Every runner will instantly feel the advantage of a properly fitted running shoe. In order to fit a shoe, it is necessary to analyse the individual running style first.

So what's it all about?

To simplify the matter, we can speak about three different types of footstrike (or how your foot hits the ground):

Neutral – the foot lands upright
Overpronation - foot collapses medially or to the 'inside'
Supination or Underpronation - foot rolls laterally or to the 'outside'

Pronation happens in three planes: arch collapse, heel rotation, and abduction of the foot (when your forefoot points away from the direction of travel).

At Sheen Sports we use a Gait Analysis machine in order to advise you, to the best of our knowledge, which shoe you should wear to best support your type of footstrike. Wearing the wrong shoe can cause injuries, we’ve listed the top 5 problems below and how to spot them.

 

1. Knee pain

Knee pain, also called runner’s knee, can have many causes, such as swelling under the kneecap or a tear in the medial or lateral meniscus. According to physiotherapists this is one of the most common complaints from runners.

What does it feel like?
During your run, you may develop pain at the front of the knee, around the knee or behind the kneecap. The pain may be dull or it could be sharp and severe. This may also be accompanied by some swelling and your knee may feel warm to touch.

Can I still run?
Don’t run if you have pain in your knee. If you still feel pain after a week’s rest, see your GP or physiotherapist. How soon you can start running again will depend on the cause of your knee pain and how severe it is. Your GP or physiotherapist can advise you.

 

2. Achilles pain

The Achilles tendon is the tough, rubbery cord at the back of the ankle that links the muscle to the bone. Regular running can cause wear and tear to the tendon over time.

What does it feel like? 
You may have pain and swelling at the back of the ankle or heel. The pain may be minor but continuous, or it could be sudden and sharp. It may be worse first thing in the morning.

Can I still run?
A sharp pain will stop you running altogether. Even if the pain is not severe, it’s a good idea to rest until the pain goes, and get it checked if it doesn’t go away.

 

3. Shin pain

Shin pain occurs on the front of the leg, below the knee. It’s often referred to as shin splints 

What does it feel like?
Runners are often aware of a dull pain in the shin but carry on running. However, this can cause increasing damage to the area, which can lead to a sudden sharp pain that stops you running altogether.

Can I still run?
Shin pain is likely to stop you running altogether. Take a break for two to three weeks before beginning again slowly.

 

4. Heel pain

Pain or swelling in the heel or bottom of the foot can occur if you suddenly start doing a lot more running, if you run uphill or if your shoes aren’t supportive enough or are worn out. The medical name for heel pain is plantar fasciitis.

What does it feel like? 
Heel pain is often sharp and occurs when you put weight on the heel. It can feel like someone is sticking something sharp in your heel, or as if you’re walking on sharp stones.

Can I still run?
You won’t be able to run with heel pain. If you treat the pain early enough, it will normally go away in two to three weeks, after which you should be able to start running again.

 

5. Muscle strains

The most common strains due to running are in the hamstring muscles (which run down the back of the thigh) or calf muscles. Strains often affect new runners, whose muscles are not used to running.

What does it feel like? 
The pain of a muscle strain is often sudden and feels as if someone has kicked you in the area of your calf or hamstring.

Can I still run?
You won’t be able to run with a muscle strain. The time it takes for a strain to heal and for you to start running again varies from two weeks to around six months, depending on how severe the muscle strain is.

 

Get in contact with us now to arrange to have your gait analysed.


Posted in Advice By

Nick Giffen

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posted on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 09:54:56 Europe/London
Really enjoyed this post.Really thank you! Awesome.

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