Should I Get My Gait Analysed?

Dear Running Profs,

I’ve been running for a little over a year now and have had two pairs of trainers during this time. I haven’t spent a great deal on my running shoes as I wanted to be certain that running was for me.

Recently I’ve started to step up my running and I’m now covering around 15-20 miles a week including a group run on a Sunday morning.

A club mate told me that I should get a gait analysis done – do I really need to get this done?

Karl Harley via email.

That’s a tricky one to answer, Karl as it really depends on what you’re looking to get out of it.

If you have lots of trouble with injury, then a gait analysis could definitely benefit you. The analysis will reveal what element of your technique is placing unwanted stress on your body and the experts will then be able to advise the best type of running shoe to remedy your problem. On the other hand, if you feel comfortable in your current shoe then there’s really no need to do anything differently. Remember, comfort is king.