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Wendi Morin Gait Analysis

Please note that Wendi is available by appointment only, and booking sometimes fills up. New appointments are made available periodically. Please refer to our Free Gait Analysis, or Contact Us with any questions.  

While we at Gear West will make sure that any shoe you buy from us is the perfect style for you with a perfect fit, some of our customers want a little more help. For those with challenging injuries, constant aches and pains, muscle tightness, and those who think they could improve their performance with some biomechanical work, we offer a specialized Gait Analysis service. Our resident "shoe whisperer", Wendi Morin, performs these analyses, which cost $50.00 and take approximately 30 minutes. Cancellations made within 24 hours of appointment time will not be refunded.

This analysis includes the following evaluations and recommendations:

Wendi's Training and Educational Resume:

  • Arch and foot evaluation
  • Ankle, knee, hip, and back alignment evaluation
  • Muscle weakness and imbalance check
  • Pelvic rotation check
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Arch support evaluation
  • Suggested strengthening exercises
  • Shoe model recommendation including a full explanation of reasoning behind shoe pick.
  • Double Bachelor's degree in Health and Human Services
  • Associate's degree in Physical Therapy
  • 20+ years of experience in Gait Analysis
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Nutrition and Weight Management Consultant
  • Active consultant for several local physical therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, hospitals, athletic teams, and trainers.

*Please note that Wendi is not a practicing physical therapist and does not provide diagnosis.

 

If you wish to schedule an appointment with Wendi, please click the button at the top of the page which will take you to the booking site.

 

Free Gait Analysis

Our video shoe fit service will help find an excellent running shoe for you. During this free service, a trained member of our staff will take short video recordings of you running or walking on a treadmill. Using these recordings, we can show you your running tendencies and the changes in pronation (both good and bad) that can be caused by different styles and models of shoe. Our evaluation is enhanced by special software which allows us to slow, stop and compare two videos side-by-side.

What our Video Shoe Fit Entails:

  1. One of our trained shoe fit specialists will begin by asking you questions about your running and activity levels.
  2. You will run/walk on the treadmill in stocking feet while we film your feet and lower legs.
  3. Your shoe fit specialist will review the video with you and suggest one or shoes that could optimize your stride and footfall.
  4. You will be filmed again with each pair of suggested shoes.
  5. Finally, you and your fit specialist will compare the videos from each pair of shoes before deciding on the shoe that best fits your running goals, biomechanics, and budget.

The primary focus of our video shoe fit is to optimize the pronation of your feet, but it is worth noting that we have found this process to be more complicated than the general rule of increasing stability with increased levels of overpronation. First, runners should understand that some pronation is normal and desirable. Ideally, there should be a slight inward roll at the end of the gait cycle. This can be seen in a well used pair of shoes as a wear concentration around the ball of the foot.

Overpronation is an excessive roll toward the inside of the foot. Overpronation does not allow the shock of the foot strike to spread evenly over the entire foot and can result in injuries and pain to ankles, knees and hips. Overpronation is usually addressed by selecting "stability" style shoes, but interestingly can also be caused by running in shoe with an excessively curved last. We have found that a significant number of runners who come into Gear West with stability shoes do not actually need stability, but they DO need a straight lasted shoe.

Supination, conversely, is an insufficient inward roll of the foot after landing. This places extra stress on the foot and can result in injuries and pain to the knee, as well as Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.

For best results, please bring your current run or walk shoes and wear or bring a pair of shorts that you can run in.