Book a Gait Analysis at Running Bear:
A free gait analysis at Running Bear is the first step in the journey towards finding the perfect pair of running shoes.
Gait Analyses are not just reserved for elite athletes; they are a wonderful tool to help people learn more about their running form! It's not only important that the trainers you choose to run in are comfortable but that they support your foot shape, your running/walking style and is ultimately suitable for the purpose. If you're experiencing any niggles or pains whilst or after running, please don't brush these off - these could be hints of an underlying issue!
Information About Your Appointment:
Please bring along a pair of sports socks and ensure that we're able to see your ankles clearly whilst on the treadmill. If possible, please also bring your current running trainers or the shoes you wear the most to inspect the wear patterns!
We have two booking slots per half an hour available; please book below. If you have any questions or the appointment you'd like is unavailable, please get in touch with us on 01625582130.
The Bears will be delighted to help you with your running journey!
See you in the Den soon.
When a gait analysis is performed, we look at two things, primarily, where your foot strikes the ground and how much your feet are pronating. Once this information is recorded, it helps us match your foot's behaviour, size, and shape to the correct shoe type. With the right shoe type, the risk of injury is reduced, and your running form can improve as different parts of your body are no longer compensating for lack of balance.
A gait analysis can help identify common causes of running injuries. By looking at the footage, we will determine if your cadence is correct, if there is a lack of core strength or flexibility in the hamstrings and calves, or if you are heel striking.
When you arrive for your appointment, Running Bear specialists will discuss your running history and any plans for the future to make sure we get you in the right shoe for the job. Before providing you with advice and guidance, we will assess you either on a treadmill or on the street outside. Please bring along a pair of sports socks and ensure that we're able to see your ankles clearly whilst on the treadmill. It also helps if you bring your old pair of shoes to look at any wear patterns!
One of the advantages of having a gait analysis is the 1:1 attention you will receive from the Bears. In running, the right pair of shoes can elevate your experience. We want you to be able to make an informed decision when it comes to your running shoes. We are happy to discuss your form, running history, and any other questions you may have. In the Running Bear Den, you will also get the opportunity to try different running shoes as you like with a member of our team from our vast selection of stock. If your size/colour is not available, we can also look into ordering the shoe for you. Part of our mission is to help you feel confident in the right pair of running shoes, so please do not hesitate to ask us any questions!
Our Running Bear specialists will discuss your specific needs with you; what you've done in the past, what you plan to do in the future and any niggles, injuries or pains you're currently experiencing. We'll assess you on a treadmill or on the street outside (if you prefer!) before providing you with advice and guidance on the perfect shoes for you.