Can I do a DIY version of gait analysis?

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Can I do a DIY version of gait analysis?

Look at the wear pattern on the tread of your running shoes. Wear on the outer edge could suggest excessive supination (outward roll of the foot), which may mean you’re not absorbing shock well and may need more cushioning. Increased wear on the inner side of the shoe and the ball of the foot may suggest overpronation (inward roll). You may need a shoe offering more stability.

There’s also the wet-footprint test, which gives you an idea of what foot type you might have (but won’t show what happens when you run). A solid imprint, with almost no indentation on the arch (between the ball and heel), suggests overpronation. Some arch indentation suggests a normal arch, or mild pronation. A large indentation on the arch – with, often, a bit missing on the outside border – suggests excessive supination.

Far better than these options is to have a gait analysis carried out by professionals. Rather than just concentrating on the feet, this will examine your whole biomechanical chain.