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Gait Analysis

To celebrate my new Parkrun PB I went for my first gait analysis. They found that I over pronate when walking, but not when running. It was quite interesting! So for Christmas I have a new pair of neutral trainers. I needed new ones as my big toes burst a hole through my old pair! I can highly recommend it.

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Terrific - new shoes, a real treat and rightly so! Are we getting the compulsory photo too? πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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In addition to rejoicing over the receipt of an early Christmas present, a neutral running gait provides further cause for celebration, since it means that you’re bio-mechanically efficient and less likely to experience running related injuries.

Since you appear to be blessed with a higher instep, narrower heel and wider forefoot, seek to ensure that strength of your arch is maintained, reducing the risk of flattening and over-pronation when running.

As such, by regularly using the toes to perform towel scrunches, for example, the strength and shape of the arch should be maintained.

Additionally, by seeking to regularly perform calf raises, the transfer of weight through the ankle joint (as the calf muscles contract and relax) should also serve to improve strength of the plantar fascia, as it also contracts and relaxes under tension.

The regular use of a massage roller will also assist in maintaining flexibility and suppleness of the feet, while reducing tension held within.

If maintenance of their appearance is of concern, the investment in BodyGlide (to reduce blistering), a pumice sponge (to remove calluses) and coconut oil (to soothe and replenish skin and nails), should be considered.

Furthermore, to ensure that all toe nails continue to be retained, their length should fall shorter than the toe tip (skin should be visible beyond the edge of the nail).

Keeping toe nails short and neatly filed also reduces the risk of developing infection (further assisted by regular application of coconut oil).

As a runner for more than 20 years, provided they’re afforded regular care and attention, one’s feet can continue to remain largely presentable, ensuring that they can continue to be bared without embarrassment.

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My big toe nails have stopped growing MrNiceGuy - do you know of any reasons they should.

On the subject of gait analysis - which is a bit of a contentious issue, e.g. should it be done barefoot, does it work, are the analysers sufficiently trained to diagnose example is here - runnersconnect.net/running-... I have no shops within Northern Ireland which do gait analysis so can't comment from personal experience.

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Sweat Shop did a foot analysis first by asking you to stand barefoot on a platform attached to a pc. They get you perform a variety of exercises which show your insole at normal and under stress. You then go on the treadmill where they see your gait. It shows how your feet land. I presume the staff are trained.

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A shellac treatment occasionally is quite nice too teeheeπŸ˜€πŸ’

Those are very nice looking shoes, enjoy!

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What fab new shoes! Great colours and well deserved! Enjoy! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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Great trainers. Asic are the best for me too. They have a good grip even in the rain! Good colours :)

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Nice shoes! Keep big toenails well trimmed..😊

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Oooh ladyharvills...I have exactly the same runners..πŸ˜„they are lovely.

Happy running in them.x

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Found these uncomfortable so exchanged them for New Balance FF1080v6. Much more room in the toe.

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