At Northside Runners we specialise in analysing and evaluating your foot and lower limbbiomechanics, for your specific needs. How do we do this?
1. We get to know you we understand the purpose of our shoes.
2. We will ask whether you have had any major injuries.
3. Then we move to analysis, examining your foot structure and general mechanics when standing and walking.
4. This analysis is combined with our staff’s excellent understanding of our product to select shoes that will work best for you.
5. We Road Test. We will explain the differences in each shoe that we have selected for you, and the reasons why they will be suitable for your biomechanics. You can then feel this by testing them outside. We do this for two reasons: firstly we will be performing a gait analysis on you in the different shoes, and secondly we want you to get an understanding of the different shoes as well.
6. Process of elimination, you will get to select which shoes fits and feels the best to you, whilst meeting our standards and evaluation from your gait analysis.
7. Ready to go and hit the paths, roads, track and/or trials. Happy Running!
WHAT IS PRONATION
There are three main types of pronation in human gait; neutral pronation, overpronation, and supination. While both overpronation and supination occur while walking and standing, they are more pronounced and the effects amplified while running, upwards of 3 times the persons body weight.
Pronation or eversion is natural in the body’s regular movement. However, overpronation and supination can be potentially harmful. Neutral pronation occurs when the foot experiences a normal, healthy amount of pronation instead of overpronating or supination. In healthy movement more of the toe area will be used when pushing off. In neutral pronation the weight distributes fairly evenly among all of the toes with a slight emphasis on the big toe and second toe which are better adapted to handle more of the load.
Those who overpronate tend to push off almost completely from the big toe and second toe. As a result, the shock from the foot’s impact doesn’t spread evenly throughout the foot and the ankle has trouble stabilizing the rest of the body. Collapsed arches can place additional stress on the lower limbs increasing the risk of injuries and stress factures. Additionally, an unnatural angle forms between the foot and ankle and the foot splays out abnormally. It is common even for people who pronate normally to have some angle between the foot and the ankle, but not to the extent seen in those who overpronate.
Supination occurs when the foot impacts the ground and there is not enough of an “inward roll” in the foot’s motion. The weight of the body isn’t transferred at all to the big toe, forcing the outside of the foot and the smaller toes which can’t handle the stress as well to take the majority of the weight instead.