The majority of UK runners could be running in shoes that aren’t suitable for their own foot type, according to independent research commissioned on behalf of ASICS.
Over three quarters of us have never had a gait analysis and could be wearing totally the wrong running shoes.
If you’re among the 79% of UK runners who haven’t had one, a gait analysis examines an individual’s unique movement when running, including checking pronation*.
A further 70% of participants surveyed didn’t know whether they were pronating, and therefore in need of a stability shoe, or if they were neutral or under-pronating, in which case they’d need a neutral shoe. In fact, only a third of us even understood the difference!
Being aware of your running style and wearing a shoe to suit is vital to avoiding injury. To help make this process easier, ASICS has launched the Running Lab at its flagship Regent Street store in London.
The Running Lab will offer runners the opportunity to have one-on-one time with ASICS FrontRunners – their expert running community – to provide them with a full gait analysis, advice on running style and posture and a prescription for the right shoe for them. You can make an appointment here.
Sport podiatrist Mick Habgood confirms: “Research has shown that runners are at a higher risk of injury if they run in the wrong shoes, so I would always recommend runners to complete a gait analysis to ensure that they end up with the right shoe for them. Not only could this help to reduce the risk of injury but it could also help to improve their overall comfort and performance.”
If the Running Lab is a little far out of your way, but you’re still keen to try out a new shoe, ASICS have a great deal online at the moment. You can get 15% off their best-selling running shoes until 24 August using the code EXTRA15.** We’d still recommend completing a gait analysis.
*Pronation: Whether your foot rotates inwards or outwards when you run. A pronating runner rolls their foot inwards and an under-pronator rolls their foot outwards.
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