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Gait Analysis

Gait Analysis

Gait Analysis

Running shoes are the single most important piece of equipment for anyone embarking on a training programme. Finding the right shoe can make all the difference to your training - it will work with your natural biomechanics, boosting running efficiency, maximising comfort and support, but more importantly reducing the risk of injury.

What is Gait Analysis?

Gait Analysis

All Runners Need stores* offer video gait analysis as part of our comprehensive shoe fitting service. Video gait analysis enables us to assess in slow motion video replay how your feet respond when testing different shoes on the treadmill.

We'll recommend a shoe based not only the results of your gait analysis but also other factors such as injuries, running history and future running goals.

*excludes our Bridgend outlet store.

How is it done?


All of our stores use Dartfish technology, the computer gait analysis system, to assess your running style to fit you to the most suitable footwear.

Dartfish is a sophisticated piece of software that is used in many sporting activities for assessment of biomechanics, style and skills, in order to improve performance.

A video is formed of you running for a short period on a treadmill and then a slow motion detailed analysis is performed by the Runners Need consultant to show, and explain to you, your biomechanics.

A neutral runner during gait analysis
A neutral runner
An over-pronating runner during gait analysis
An over-pronating runner
An under-pronating runner during gait analysis
An under-pronating runner

From here, running shoes can be recommended in order to make your running style as efficient as possible and help reduce the risk of injury.

We can show you the difference in biomechanical efficiency when running in more corrective footwear, with 'before and after' videos playing side by side on the computer screen.

Multiple videos can be recorded to compare your running biomechanics in different footwear. The video playback will show you what type of runner you are: you could be an overpronator, a neutral runner or a supinator.

Where to go to get your next pair of shoes professionally fitted

Runners Need stores across the UK

You can go to any Runners Need store for professional video gait analysis - all of our staff are fully-trained and many of them have additional Sports qualifications.

If you've decided to go to one of our stores, then you may find our Top tips when shopping for running shoes article of use.

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