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When Is The Best Time To Have 3D Gait Analysis?
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Peak marathon season is approaching faster than you can say Mo Farah. Brighton Marathon is only 11 weeks away, London Marathon 12 weeks, with many others even sooner! The first few weeks of training for a marathon is usually very organised, some would even go as far as saying its exciting! Everything goes to plan as you tick off those completed runs. Foam rolling happens (at least for a day), and you’re even eating well. time ticks on, we all know our lives don’t stop for our running schedules, even if we think they should. As we get busier and busier, runs get missed, foam rolling ceases, and dry January has to end at some point. Instead of trying to play catch up with your training and risk developing an injury, the best thing you can do to avoid this is to plan ahead. If you can get all of your information from the beginning, you'll be set up from the very start. The best way to learn more about your running is to have a gait analysis assessment.

Here are your questions answered about when you should be having gait analysis, which type, and why it's important! 

When is the best time to get a 3D gait analysis?

Gait analysis is used best in two ways

1.) At the beginning of a training plan  –  a gait analysis in your initial planning phase will help to identify abnormalities within your running style that could be influencing your niggles.  If you add in strength, mobility, and functional testing screening you can target weaknesses before they turn into problems.

2.) When you develop an overuse injury - The hardest thing about running injuries is that they are very complicated and rarely ever stem from one place. Our bodies are masters at hiding problems and shifting load, so they take awhile to develop a problem. Gait analysis can help to see movements in different planes, and pick up the information that is sometimes very difficult to notice without an outsider point of view. 

When is any gait analysis NOT especially useful?

1.) If you are so injured you can’t run - if we are unable to assess your gait and it will be difficult to give you any useful information about your running (makes sense). However, we can do walking assessments too. We would probably suggest that you see a physiotherapist at this point and a gait analysis at a later date when you are able to walk or run. 

2.) A week before your race and you're injured ( but expecting to be resolved by a gait analysis) – a 3D gait analysis is like an MRI for your running, it doesn’t directly solve your problem right then and there, but it will help to give you answers as to what is causing the problem.  2D gait analysis similarly will be helpful to identity problems with your running style and abnormalities. But don't expect either method to resolve your problem overnight! Making changes right away will help you on your road to recovery, but it can take some time (as all the best things in life do!). 

Im not a very fast runner, should I have a 2D or a 3D gait analysis? 

  • How fast you are or what events you run does not determine the quality of treatment or assessment you should receive. We believe everyone deserves the best. Both 2D and 3D gait analysis will have its benefits for each individual - just like you would sometimes only need an X-ray instead of an MRI. 3D gait analysis will give you more data and generally more objective information, whereas a 2D is more of a global snapshot of your running. Both can be beneficial, it really depends on what service is available to you and details of your injury. 

  • At Run3D we also use 2D gait analysis to supplement the data we receive. Whether that be our clinicians using their eyes, or capturing a video with a camera. The reason for this is that we like to get a general overall picture of how you are moving. 


Why is this useful for me? What will I get out of it?

  • A detailed report of your results and summary
  • Expert advice and recommendations what to do next, such as: exercises, shoe choice, treatment etc.
  • In-depth information about your running and how to improve 

Information is key. The more of it you have, the more you can do with it. Without facts, we can only assume, and you know what they say about making assumptions! We give you a report like this one below with all the information we collect on how you are running.

Objective strength and flexibility data are taken using tools like a hand-held dynamometer, and angles measured using digital inclinometers etc – these give us a better idea of how strong and flexible you are, which would be impacting how you are running.

If you're not sure if you need a 3D gait analysis or not, send us an email and we'll do our best to point you in the right direction


This article was written about Run3D and for general information purposes for a runner. Please contact us if you would like references based on the information we have stated above



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