We offer a completely FREE of charge Gait Analysis to assess the way your feet respond to activity, walking and running.
This service is completely FREE of charge, whether you buy from us or not.
What is a Gait Analysis?
A Gait analysis is the formal measurement of walking and running patterns, a Gait Analysis test is used to determine the correct level of support whilst recommending the correct footwear for your walking or running needs.
How is it done?
At Whirlwind Sports, we will assess your stationary foot using a foot posture index and then observe your moving pattern using a treadmill and video analysis software. Once analysed our fully trained staff can recommend the best style of footwear for you based upon the evidence of the static test results and video analysis.
Why is this important?
The repetitive nature of stepping/running can (and probably will) cause injuries to occur if the footwear used is not compatible with your requirements.
Who will benefit?
Everyone regardless of their activity level or training load. Whether you're walking, jogging or running a marathon, a gait analysis will benefit you.
The Gait Analysis is carried out by members of Whirlwind Sports staff that are trained in the technical aspects of footwear and have been instructed by professionals, one being Steven Bloor DPODM who is a registered podiatrist at Cornwall Podiatry with over 30 years’ experience in treating people.
What can I expect from a Gait Analysis?
We will discuss current injuries, your background and any historical pains or problems you have previously faced.
·Foot Posture Types / Navicular Drop Test
The purpose of this is to find the navicular drop. We will measure the height of the Navicular bone whilst you're sitting and then remeasure whilst you're standing. The difference between the two measurements is the navicular drop. A difference of >10 mm is significant excessive foot pronation.
·Visual 10 Meter Walking Analysis
We will observe as you walk bare foot at normal walking speed.
· Walking Video Analysis
You will walk at a normal speed for around 20 seconds on a treadmill as we video your feet walking gait.
· Jogging Video Analysis
Exactly this same as the walking test but this time you will jog at a very comfortable speed for around 20 seconds on a treadmill as we video your jogging gait.
·Test Results / How You Move
We will watch the video back together and we will explain the evidence of your gait test results.
·Try Styles of Footwear
The fit and size of your footwear is as important as the test itself. You can try the different styles of footwear on the treadmill and we will re video to allow you to see the benefits of each pair.
At this point, we will have recommended what type of footwear best suits your fast movement. You can try the many different styles of shoes and be confident that you have the evidence and confidence to enable you to purchase the correct footwear from wherever you choose.
Using the correct footwear can help improve performance and reduce the risk of injury.