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Gait analysis

My left foot is asking for a gait anaylsis as I have not been able to run. It is hurting to walk, so I thought running not a good idea. Arch supports are helping as my own gait analysis was inversion/low arches, which didnt correct with my usual yoga exercises. I have an old ankle injury and it stirred that up too.

My question is where does one go for gait analysis and is it expensive?

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Any independent running shop will do it, also runners need who are part of Snow & Rock and Cotswold Outdoors will do it. It should cost nothing but, in general, you would be expected to purchase shoes from the shop. I know that some people get their gait analysis done, get a recommendation but then purchase their shoes on-line. The long term issue with this is that the independent stores cease to trade and then you have no-where to go to get the gait analysis......

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Most independent sports/running shops will do gait analysis for free some will charge but give discount if you buy the shoes from them. Sports Direct do but because they are a big outlet may not give impartial advice especially if you get the saturday staff (sorry if that upsets anyone).

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Also treat their staff badly. I wouldn't shop there

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Thank you. I will have to try and find a shop near me. Te only one I know is Sports Direct and yes I have been put off them by these posts. I do do most shopping on line, but never shoes (I don't really like shoes and find most uncomfortable) and had to travel for wetsuit advice so it seems I should treat it like that.

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I think Go Outdoors do gait analysis

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Yes like SC says you can get gait analysis for free from most independent running shops. I took a friend with me who made some other purchases so I didn't feel too guilty about not buying their running shoes. I just couldn't justify the expense as wasn't sure how long I'd keep running for. However if I do keep running I will seriously consider buying future shoes from them.

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I have found nearish to me 2 shops for Runners Need. I am still a little concerned about the shoe cost, perhaps find some that will look OK as my winter shoes too :)

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Umm their cheapest stability (definitely my problem) are £115 - not an option.

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If you have a branch of Decathlon near you, they have a gait analysis gadget in many of their shops now. Don't know how reliable it might be, but it's definitely free.

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Got the current trainers from them and I having read about gait analysis now, know that I pronate (well knew that before but didnt know that was what they were looking at)

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Some good advice has been given below...a reliable, independent, sports running shop could be the answer as SC1472 has said.. and often they have older stock or odd colours that are much cheaper than other shoes too!

Hope it sorts for you :)

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dont think I am going to mind about the colour too much, so that's a good idea if I can find one

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I like the weird colours😃

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I had my gait analysis done at Runners Need and there was no pressure to actually buy any shoes from them. [I did in the end, as I could try them out on the treadmill there and then, and they checked using the video technology that the shoes were doing good not harm to my gait, but like I said - they were quite happy to do the gait analysis and let me go away and think about it.]

I would have gone to an independent one, if there was one local to me, but they are further away....

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Ty might go on a day when I don't think I will feel guilty. I havent found anything nearer yet.

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