At JackRabbit, we are in the business of matchmaking and problem solving for your feet. Whether you’ve got high arches, flat feet, bunions, knee pain, shin splints, or anything in between, we’ve got the expertise, knowledge and tools to find the right footwear for you. We’ll find you a pair of running shoes that suits your unique foot shape best and keeps you running and walking injury free.
Gait Analysis- What is it and what’s in it for you?
A gait analysis is a free tool we use at JackRabbit to quickly and accurately determine which type and category of footwear will work best for you. A gait analysis involves one of our fit fanatics recording your lower legs and feet while you run or walk on a treadmill at a comfortable pace for 30 seconds to one minute. The camera is set up behind you, and upon playback in slow motion, we are able to analyze each stride to determine what your feet are doing upon initial ground contact, all the way through toe off into the next foot strike.
Several factors help us determine which footwear category will work best for you:
- Initial Ground Contact– Typically, people either heel strike or midfoot strike, with the majority of runners and walkers heel striking. A significant heel striker will likely have different requirements than a mid or even forefoot striker.
- Arch Collapse – After initial ground contact, when your bodyweight is moving forward during propulsion, the arch of the foot will drop in as it reacts to your bodyweight during each step. Depending on how much your arch collapses we will determine which type of footwear best fits you.
- Toe Off– The last step of the gait cycle occurs upon toe off, when your weight is transitioning forward as your opposite foot prepares to contact the ground as you take the next step. Often, we see late stage overpronation here. In other words, we will see your arch collapse in excessively at the last stage of the gait cycle, which indicates that you may perform well in certain types of shoes that have stability in the forefoot area to address late stage overpronation.
Each runner has a unique set of feet, so there is no “one-style-fits all” approach to buying running shoes. Stop by one of our stores to get your personalized gait analysis today!