Health

Friday 22 August 2014

Gait analysis can put you on road to the best runners

Karl Henry

What do I need to know when it comes to buying the right runners for exercising?

Gait analysis is something everyone should have done. It is a free service that is offered when you buy runners.

The shop assistant will simply place you on a machine that measures your feet and how you walk, and recommend runners that suit you.

There are a few tell-tale signs to show you that it’s time to splash out on a new pair and, more importantly, to get your gait checked:

1) Flip your runner over, looking at the sole. The sole should, firstly, be evenly worn. Most people wear out their runners more on one side or the other, depending if you pronate or supronate when you walk.

2) Look at the rubber on the sole of the runner and how worn down the rubber is.

If it is worn down to the white of the runner, then you need to replace them.

3) Now, turn your attention to the absorption system within the runner, generally placed at the back.

Place your thumb just under it, and try to press it in. If you can press it easily, then it’s time for a change, as the system has seen better days.

Also, look for cracks or breaks around this area too, which are all signs for change.

4) Regular usage: If you are running on a regular basis, you should look at changing your runners every 4-6 months.

5) If you are walking regularly, then you should be getting a little longer out of them.

Remember to keep checking your runners every month using the tips above, and you will be confident that your runners are keeping your feet and joints safe and sound.

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