Gait Analysis

  • Only One Shoe For Me

    by Bill "Guru of Shoe" Lorenz

    Only One Shoe for ME"...But I've always worn (insert shoe name here)"

    This is a comment I hear a lot.  Along with this one:

    "I have worn Brand X Model Y for years and they work for me.  Why would I want to change?"

    I may not be a young buck anymore, but to me that is considered "old school" thinking. When a customer says something along those lines I have them think about a couple questions.

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  • Do I Need Support?

    by Bill "Guru of Shoe" Lorenz

    I need a shoe with a lot of support"I need a shoe with lots of support."

    As a shoe salesman I hear that everyday. Sometimes runners know what they specifically need based on their running history. If that is the case, then great! However, there is a large population of new runners who hear that stability will help. It is a general misconception that a stability shoe fixes pain caused from running or walking. The word support is a rather ambiguous term when it comes to defining how different types of running shoes function.

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  • Good Pronation?

    by Bill “Guru of Shoe” Lorenz

    Some ankle pronation is good pronationI have been selling shoes for a long time. In my years, I have wondered why the best selling models of each brand happen to be the mid-mileage trainer. Only about 10% of customers leave here with a shoe in the stability category. Recently I have started using Dartfish Gait Analysis and it has revealed a lot about why certain people need certain shoes. In this blog I will talk about how Gait Analysis helps with pronation.

    By definition pronation is the rotational movement towards a prone position. In running, a moderate degree of pronation (the tendency of the foot to roll to the inside) is good; it happens to be the body’s natural shock absorber. Without slight to moderate pronation, impact from landing (particularity for a heel striker) transfers directly up the skeleton resulting in pain in the knees, hips, and lower back. This impact may be a contributing factor leading to other lower body injuries such as shin splints, achilles tendonitis, and IT band pain. The shock absorption associated with pronation simply and effectively softens the landing.

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