Running Gait Assessment and Program Review

Gait Assessment and Running ProgramScientific research shows us that 50% of runners get injured every year. Ninety percent of these occur in the knee, shin and foot region. The causes are either intrinsic or extrinsic:

  • Intrinsic factors are things that stem from your body: muscular tightness, weakness, poor running form, and poor joint stability.
  • Extrinsic factors are things from outside of your body: e.g. running shoes, the surface you run on, the program (or lack of program) you use to plan out your running schedule.

At Pure Form, we look into all of these issues, to finally get to the source of your running injury. An assessment entails asking what your current issues are. What are your goals? Do you want to run a marathon, a 5 km race, or just run for fun and fitness? Once that is figured out, we get into the physical assessment. Key pieces are:

  • Running and walking pattern
  • Foot posture in walk/run and when still
  • Big toe mobility, as this is the last point of contact between you and the ground as you push off to take a step
  • Calf muscle flexibility as tight calves alter how flexible your ankles are
  • Hip flexor and hip extensor length as they decide how long your stride is
  • Lateral pelvic stability and hip strength as that decides if your hips “drop” as you run

We work closely with the Fortius Human Performance Lab in Burnaby. They perform cutting edge computerised running assessments. With the information they can supply to us, we can better design a rehabilitation program specific to your issues and biomechanics. If this is of interest to you, let us know and we can help organise an assessment.

The other aspect of rehabilitation from a running injury that we are always asked is, “Can I still run?” or “When can I get back to running?” We will work closely with you ( and your coach if you have one) to figure out how much you can run, and when is it safe to resume. If running is out for a while, then cycling, pool running, swimming and cross training are all options.

At the end of the day, we will help you to get back on track by designing a return to running program and a movement rehab program specific to you.  We know that running matters to you; our goal is to get you back to running as soon as we can!

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