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Gait Analysis For Runners

Gait analysis is a procedure done to determine the running style of a runner. There are three types of running styles. These are over pronators, neutral and under pronators.

Gait analysis is done by specialist companies or offered inside running shoe shops. A salesperson typically videotapes customers running on a treadmill to figure out what type of stride they have.

Over pronators

Over pronators tend to land on the very outer edge of the heel. It is estimated 70% of runners over pronate.

Neutral

Thought to be the perfect running style. The body weight is well balanced from the heel to the front foot.

Under pronators

This ones are rare.

Doctors Advice

Runners are advised to get their running gait analyzed to determine their running style. Once you know your running style you can know the best type of running shoe to buy or alternatively you can buy special shoe inserts (known as orthotics and prescribed by a podiatrist) to rebalance your running stride.

Using the correct running shoe greatly reduces your chances of contracting an injury.

For a video demonstration of gait analysis visit fitness Uk.com

Demonstration of Perfect Runner’s Foot Strike

The reason why scientist claim running barefoot is better that running on shoes is the foot strike.In bare foot running you land on the front of your feet while running on shoes you land on your heel.

The following images shows the foot strike difference in bare foot running and running in shoes.

Image courtesy of Havard University

The landing on heels is the cause of repetitive stress injuries such as ankle injury, calf injury and Achilles tendinitis.

If you have been looking for the best foot strike or good foot strike to help in your running technique /style just study the above image.

ING Miami Full & Half Marathon 2010 Photos : Pictures : Images

ING Miami half and full marathon 2010 took place over the weekend.Some interesting stories of everyday heros who finished the race were posted on miami herald.

My favorite inspiring story was this one.

Halfway through the marathon, FIU student Andy Wu, 19, took off the shoes from his aching feet and handed them to a friend. To soften the impact on his bare feet, he ran on the yellow stripe in the middle of the road. “I actually ran better because it helped my posture,” said Wu, who finished in 4:30. “But running over the bridge and gravel really hurt.”

I Loved the never say die spirit!

For photos from ING Miami marathon check out Flickr page of Ariany Wilson Photography

Shoe Type for High Arch Foot

Like left handed people, the high arch foot is the least common type. This is how a high Arch Foot looks from the side.

high-arch-foot-typeWhen a runner with high arch foot type steps on a slab of wet cemtn this is how the imprint will look.

high-arch-foot-imageImprint of the heel and the forefoot connected by only a thin band

Shoe Type for the High Arch Foot Type

Zappos recommend Neutral cushioning shoes that do not have stability devices or a medial post.