Gait, Running & Technique Analysis

What is the next step after receiving your Gait Analysis results?

Based on your results from the Gait analysis we will determine what kind of pronation you have, whether it is neutral pronation, supination or over pronation.

What do terms like pronation and supination mean and what do they say about your feet?

Pronation: When your foot strikes the ground, it rolls inwards and flattens slightly to absorb the shock of your heel hitting the ground. This action is known as pronation. As the foot flattens it becomes more supple and can absorb the stress of impact more efficiently.

Overpronation:  Generally present with low or flat arches and involves excessive inward rolling of the foot & ankle after landing, that can be maintained for too long through the gait cycle. This occurs in 70% of the population and is commonly found in every population from walkers to runners.

Neutral Pronation:  Normal arches, neutral alignment. The foot experiences a normal amount of pronation on impact. The foot lands on the outside of the heel and then rolls inwards (pronates) to absorb shock and support body weight.

Supination: Supination refers to the part of the gait cycle where the arch rises upwards. This allows the foot to become more rigid as the bones in the foot begin to “lock” together. This results in the foot being a much more efficient lever for the leg to push off the ground with.  Being supinated through the gait cycle refers to a foot that maintains a high arch throughout the gait cycle and does not supinate enough to absorb shock. This can lead to shock absorption injuries and a common complaint for this foot type is recurrent ankle sprains.

At Tyrrell Physiotherapy, Swords, Gait Analysis & Running Analysis are offered by our chartered specialist Gerard Tyrrell MISCP.

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