Running Gait Analysis - Any Locations?

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  1. I've had a gander around and didn't see any obvious threads on this subject, but apologies if it's been done before.

    I'm keen to have my running gait analysed so that my next trainer purchase is correct for me. I've not got any major problems with my current Asics, I think they're great. But from what I've read and been told by some people, it could make a lot of difference to my comfort and endurance to have my gait analysed and a shoe fitted with this in mind.

    So, what do the more experienced people think about this gait analysis (is it worth it?) and does anyone have any idea where in Wiltshire (preferably Salisbury area) I can get it done?!

    Many thanks in advance, ARRSERS. :D
     
  2. You need to have a look at either www.upandrunning.co.uk or the sweat shop (sorry, don't know their website). I went, and got a pair of Asics Foundation, which have helped, but not cured my problem.
     
  3. Sorry, that link isn't working. But up and running, is a nationwide chain of shops that offer the service.
     
  4. For some reason that upandrunning.co.uk site won't let me beyond the opening page. Bloody nuisance. Thank you for the link though, will try again later.

    Sadly sweatshop.co.uk don't have any stores near me, meaning I may need a bit of trek to get this gait analysis done. Which leads me to... Is it worth it? You say it's not helped you? Or..?
     
  5. Go to up and running. They are really good. There will almost certainly be one within 100 miles of you.. (they seem to have a store in most big cities) might be a bit of a trek but its DEFINATELY worth it. I couldnt believe the difference when I got my first pair of properly fitted running shoes. I remember thinking "hey this is just LIKE running, but no pain!"...

    J.
     
  6. Well, it helped a bit, but I went through the Asics Dartfish promotion, which means they were only going to offer me Asics. Can't help but think, that had I gone to a neutral one, I may have found a better solution.

    I think though, if you're having no trouble, it probably isn't worth it. I only went because my shins give me hell!
     
  7. Only place i've seen one is in Harrods sports department.

    TB
     
  8. When I say no major issues, I mean I'm not keeling over. :)

    I do have pain in the shin area and generally the lower leg/ankle area can give me pain. It's not consistent (I would have seen the doc/physio if it was) but I'm thinking a gait analysis and new pair of good shoes might help me.

    Many thanks for the prompt replies, by the way. I will try and find an up and running near me! :)
     
  9. Btw since you asked "is it worth it" the answer is definately yes since it doesnt cost anything lol. Up and running do it free if you buy a pair of shoes and if you dont you pay 20 quid but can then refund that against any future purchases. So its free.

    If you are getting any pain at all from normal running I would suggest you get fitted for new shoes. If your shoes are right for you running should be totally pain free (at least in the legs, not so in the lungs lol).

    J.
     
  10. Fair enough. To be honest, I'm thinking of going getting it done again, see if a different brand are more to my liking!
     
  11. thats shin splints almost definately. most people with shin splints get them through overuse, or through poor running technique.

    if you only developed the problem recently (ie you had lots of running experience before the problem) then its almost always overuse. people who have poor running style can take a year out from running and within a week the problem will return.

    the later need shoes that are designed to help their style.
    if its overuse, heres my almost perfect way of getting rid (i have had them once in each leg, and took very little time off running, maybe a week or so at most, and there the only injuries iv ever had to stop training for.)

    firstly, ice the leg and concentrating on the area it hurts.
    about 15 minutes, or until it goes numb.

    then, get a decent TIGHT support for the leg. not tubigrip or something, it has to be fairly tight or it wont be as effective i found. i used to knee support and just wore it over my calf, and it worked perfect.
    where that all day and take it off at nights.

    ice the leg as often as you can, you cant do it too much, rest, and take ibuprofen which is an anti-inflamitory.

    a tip would be to also bandage and wrap below the tight calf support right down to cover you achilles tendon. blood can tend to collect around there if its not wrapped and could cause a few minor problems.

    shin splints is effectively inflamed tendons, and ice, constriction and such will reduce swelling to almost nothing, and then your body can heal a LOT quicker.

    also, a cream called 'deep heat' is bloody good as well.

    hope that helps,
    chris
     
  12. Many thanks for all that advice, Chris. I shall bear it in mind for future reference. :)
     
  13. Sarastro

    Sarastro LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Lo mate. Most of what Chris said there was sound, but a couple of points.

    First, it isn't definitely shin splints. The term gets thrown around a lot, and there are a lot injuries / conditions which produce similar symptoms. Particularly the fact that you have pain in the ankle area isn't standard with shin splints, and neither is the fact it isn't consistent. I won't attempt to internet diagnose, but trying to work out any consistent links to the times you do get pain (ie running on/off pavements, crosscountry, sprinting or distance) will help anyone who can diagnose you.

    Second, considering what you'll be doing in a couple of months, I wouldn't fcuk around - get to a physio or podiatrist and get a proper gait analysis (GP's tend to be useless in my experience, it's a specialised area). Unfortunately, the only places I know are in London, but I'm sure you can chase some up in Wiltshire. Point is, it might make the difference between discovering a problem when under constant stress in recruits, and discovering it now & being prepared.

    Third, getting new running shoes is certainly a good idea (is it possible they are simply beyond their 6 month shelf-life - happens to me all too fast even with good pairs), but I'd suggest probably more important is finding out if you would benefit from insoles, because: boots. The issue things fcuk with people's feet & legs at the best of times, I had serious problems on recruits until I stuck some proper insoles in mine.

    Fourth, Deep Heat is bumph I'm afraid. It's simply an analgesic, and works by bringing blood to the skin surface where you apply it; this alleviates pain & makes it feel like it is 'warming' the muscles, but actually does nothing to hasten or help repair of those muscles.

    Essentially, this is one of those things where it is smart to treat the warning signs seriously. Swapping out trainers might solve the problem, if so, good. But if it is indicative of an underlying biomechanics problem, you want to get it sorted now, before you are launched into January.
     
  14. Sarastro, nice to hear from you, check your PMs.

    Appreciate the advice, I know that you know your stuff so I'll take your word for it. At present the pain is background at worst, and often not there, and never enough to prevent exercise. My next run is scheduled for Wednesday, so I'll assess there whether I need to progress this to a physio or get my gait analysed.

    Also, fully aware this is something that should be sorted by January - would be a bugger to pitch up and have this sort of thing holding me back! :D