Running analysis / gait analysis

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It seems so simple: you buy a pair of shoes and you start running. But it is actually easier said than done. Buying the right running shoes is key. It prevents injuries and improves your performance. In short, the right shoes make sure running remains fun and help make you a better runner. And because new types of material are continuously providing a better fit, running is becoming more enjoyable every day.

Running analysis / gait analysis
At Runnersworld we will help you make the right choice. To do so, we use three steps. First, we take a look at your old shoes (if you have any). We will analyze their state and your insole. Based on this information, we will be able to tell a lot about your running style. 

Then, we will make a video analysis of your running style. Of course, it is important to let us know how often you train, how far you usually run, and what kind of injuries you have suffered in the past.

After making this running analysis, we will choose the best running shoes. You will of course be able to give them a try-out. Want to find out which shoes are the right fit for you? Click here for an overview of our Runnersworld stores and find a store near you.

Running technique
The way you run says a lot about the shoe you need. To pick the right running shoe, we take into account the pronation, the size of the running shoe, the shoe’s model and the nature of the surface you usually run on.

A neutral runner lands on the outer part of his heel and uses a fluid motion to then push off with his second toe. This is called a neutral rolling (of the foot). This motion is influenced by the weight of the body, causing dorsiflexion of the ankle, and is called pronation. Many runners, however, suffer from overpronation. This is caused by the ankle rolling inward, and results in the knee turning inward as well. This could lead to a strain on the muscles and tendons in the lower leg and knee. Luckily, shoes with better midsole support provide an outcome.

The right size
When your running shoes are not the right size, you will run into a lot of problems. Your toes should not touch the front of your shoe. We recommend a space of 0.5 to 1 cm between your longest toe and the front of your shoe. When you take a step with your shoelaces undone, your heel should not slip out of the shoe. If you do not take this into account, you will end up with blisters, or even injuries caused by instability.

Always the same running shoe?
Simply choosing the latest model of your usual running shoes, is not necessarily a good idea. Manufacturers sometimes make small changes, which can have a big impact on your running style. When you buy new shoes, always ask the salesperson what has changed, and do not forget to bring your old shoes.

More is less
Different running disciplines, require different materials. There are training shoes designed for all-round purposes, long-distance running, or training on a paved or unpaved road, for example. Or racing shoes, meant for those who do speed/interval training and sign up for races, on roads as well as tracks. Then there are racing shoes designed for races, fast long-distance runs and track training. Spikes, for fast track training and competitions. Trail shoes, for training in the forest, dunes and on the beach. And lastly, cross spikes, for training on unpaved roads, grass, in the forest and on mud tracks.

Several tips for when you buy running shoes

- Take your time to buy shoes and always bring the socks you wear when you go running.
- If you train on many different types of terrain, it may be a good idea to own several different pairs of shoes.
- If you do a lot of racing, make sure you own a separate pair of racing shoes.

Don’t be afraid to walk into a Runnersworld store to ask for a detailed running and foot analysis. The costs? 25 euros - but if you buy a pair of shoes after the analysis, no costs will be charged. Click here for an overview of the stores. 

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