Gait Analysis For Runners
Here at ProMOTION Physiotherapy we love to help runners get back to fitness after sustaining a running injury.
An important part of our assessment of runners is to carry out gait analysis of your running style. In order to do this in the clinic setting we use a treadmill and video recording equipment which is set up in our dedicated rehab space. This aspect of our assessment is really important as it allows us to analyse your running style in real time and slow motion which can help us establish if this has been a contributing factor to your running injury.
Experienced Running Physios
When Lisa and Owen set up ProMOTION Physiotherapy in 2017 it was always their aim to provide an excellent service to runners in Edinburgh. Whether they are elite runners competing competitively or recreational runners who are working towards their own personal running goals. As keen runners they know the importance of being able to run regularly on a persons’ physical and mental health and the negative impact sustaining a running injury can have on this.
They have completed specialist running courses taught by leading Physiotherapists in the field, including Tom Goom, Rich Willy and Benoy Matthews, to improve their running analytical skills and rehabilitation skills.
Do I Need A Running Assessment?
As Physiotherapists, we will always listen and talk to you about your problem before deciding if we need to carry out gait analysis on our treadmill. If you have an injury that is impacting on your running there are a lot of things that we can assess in the first instance before getting you on a treadmill.
Your injury may be stopping you from running even a few steps and if this is the case then putting you on a treadmill to run would not be advisable in the first instance. If, however, you can run for a short period of time without exacerbating your pain then analysing your running gait can provide us with really useful information to help you return to your full running potential.
How Do You Carry Out Running Analysis?
Our team is trained in how to analyse a patient when running. We perform this analysis in our rehabilitation space where we have a treadmill and capacity to record the runner from various angles. Often, we can spot some simple issues that can be resolved with simple interventions. Mostly, however, there are some subtleties involved that can contribute to your running problem/ pain that we can only see in slow-motion or when moving the video frame by frame. Therefore by filming you running on a treadmill we can take time to analyse the video and give you feedback.
What Should I Wear To My Running Assessment?
It is important that you come to your appointment prepared. Please bring the trainers that you would normally run in and either shorts or running leggings.
What Happens After You Have Analysed My Running?
Following our assessment we will be able to explain to you our diagnosis of your injury and work on an appropriate rehabilitation plan with you. Please see our page on running injuries for more information.
If you are not injured we can outline our findings from your running assessment and offer advice on any areas of improvement.
This may include:
- Working on a Strength and Conditioning Program
- Advice on possible alterations to your running gait such as changes to your running cadence, running posture, vertical oscillation and foot strike.
- In depth advice on your training plan
If you would like to book an appointment for your running problem please go online and book an “Initial Physiotherapy Appointment” here. Or if you would like further information on our service, please email us.