RUNNING GAIT ANALYSIS
One of the difficulties when trying to improve your running efficiency is that everyone is an expert and there’s always a lot of people willing to bestow their own pearls of wisdom. At Foot Physics we understand that everyone is different, so we don’t have a preconceived idea of how you should run… but we do use some very clever technology to work out the best place to start.
Our Running Analysis assesses what happens to the foot, leg and spine when the forces are increased beyond baseline walking gait. We can even assess the difference between different running shoes.
If you are a runner, the data obtained from this assessment exposes your vulnerabilities and highlights what areas require help.
The scientific literature supports the statement that if you run, there is a 60% chance that you will develop an injury that stops you from running every 12-18 months.
It’s simple physics really: Force = Mass x Acceleration.
Motion analysis is used to assess variables such as footfall position (ie. heel/midfoot/forefoot ground contact), ground contact relative to the body’s centre of force (ie overstride), peak knee flexion displacement (the degree to which the knee collapses under the force of ground contact), anterior knee / hip rotation, pelvic rotation, shoulder and torso sway, arm swing and head oscillation.
High speed frequency pressure analysis is used to measure plantar pressure ground contact balance, sum impulse loading (total contact forces acting on the leg), the timing of ground contact and heel lift and the symmetry between the measured variables between the right foot and left.
This information can be used to identify what muscle groups need to be strengthened, what muscles are too tight, whether running technique modification is appropriate and specifically what modification would be required, what footwear best suits your biomechanics and whether a specific orthotic design strategy has a role in your management.
The details of the assessment and recommendations are presented in a comprehensive report that explains what the data has revealed and the rationale behind any recommendations made. Copies of the video and pressure analysis data can be forwarded on to your personal trainer, physiotherapist or running coach as requested.