While for many people these generalizations are true, it is not the case for everyone. Thomas Mikkelsen, an avid runner who lives in Holliston, Massachusetts, says that for him, the standard advice offered by race shop gait analysis doesn’t work because often the person doing the evaluation focuses only on feet, rather than how your body. it moves as a whole.
For example, in Mikkelsen’s case, he has bent knees (knees bent toward each other) and when he runs, he overpronates a lot. That’s immediately obvious, which is why many athletic store employees will recommend motion-control shoes that prevent the foot from slipping inward.
“In a theoretically perfect gait, you shouldn’t see the knee or have more pressure on one side or the other. My foot sprains quite a bit and you need motion control to correct it” because that is believed to cause damage to the ankles and knees.
In Mikkelsen’s case, however, the motion-control shoes “work against my body’s natural dynamics” and led to IT band problems, knee problems and shin splints. Those problems disappeared for him when he started wearing a neutral shoe, which means “no structure, no post, no guidance of foot movements.” He has had a lot of success with Inov-8, a UK-based shoe brand designed for trail running.
To avoid these types of problems when shopping, she recommends “making sure that the person who is evaluating you is evaluating not only what your feet are doing, but also what your hips, upper body, and shoulders are doing in relation to the position of the feet. .”