So I went to see an old friend of mine 2 weeks ago.his name is Carlo Longano and he is a podiatrist based in Sea Point at a business called Biodynamics Institute and inside he has something called the Running Lab.
I went through the process of getting some custom made orthotics made for myself to address the small genetic imbalance that I have in my body.
Here are the 6 steps that are involved on the process and if you have niggles or get injured or just run a lot and want to stay injury free its worth going to go see them. Also another interesting point is that they will test a few brands of shoes on your feet and then show you with numbers which shoe works best, as numbers dont lie
These are the steps off their Running Lab section of the website:
Whatever pain or discomfort you are in, whether it’s a bunion forming on your foot, lower back pain, or your knees are hurting during a run, it’s important to remember that this is most likely a symptom of something going on in your body somewhere else. We usually find that when the alignment and biomechanics of your body are out, you unconsciously try and adjust for this, which results in bad posture and compensatory movements that you aren’t even aware of. This compensatory movement and incorrect alignment can result in symptoms of pain all over your body as well as increase your risk for injury. In procedure 1 we listen to you to find out what pain you are dealing with, and then perform a full video gait and biomechanical analysis to identify the source of your problem.
Procedure 2 – X-Ray Analysis and Treatment Recommendation
Following Procedure 1, you can choose to take home what we have told you and deal with it on your own, or you can go for a recommended full body x-ray and come back to us. The x-rays allow us to get a real-time look at what is truly going on inside your body, ensuring no misdiagnosis is made. We perform a thorough analysis of your x-rays with you, and from here we will recommend a treatment plan for you, that will help you on your journey to a Better, Stronger and Faster you. Treatment will include custom made orthotics that will help correct your alignment and we will provide you with an exercise regime.
Procedure 3 – Muscle Function Testing and SEMG
When your alignment and biomechanics are off, this usually results in muscular imbalances in your body. This test allows us to compare the concentric force and power that isolated muscle/s can produce and allows a direct comparison on opposing sides of the body. It is a highly effective technique used to identify key weaknesses and imbalances in the body, so we know where to start your process to a better, stronger, faster you. Furthermore this muscle function testing also allows for an accurate way to track your progress over time, and enables us to make sure you are on the right path to recovery. This test also includes Surface Electromyography (SEMG) which is used to detect isolated muscle function and activity when performing various exercises.
Welcome to our pride and joy, our Running Lab. When you arrive in our Run Lab, be prepared to sweat. We aren’t just going to let you try on different shoes, and walk a couple of steps in them, like you do in any sporting goods shop. No. You are going to be running in each of our recommended shoes, inside on a treadmill and outside on our beautiful state-of-the-art running track overlooking the sea. Following extensive video gait analysis, biomechanical measuring of your physical, technical and efficiency parameters, and physiological monitoring we will determine the best shoes for you. You will leave our Run Lab not only with your perfect pair of running shoes, but also a fitness report and an analysis of your running technique.
Procedure 5 – I’m not in pain, I just need new running shoes
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If you aren’t in any pain, and just need the perfect pair of running shoes then you are still in the right place. You’ll still get the full package deal in our Run Lab (see procedure 4).
Procedure 6 – I’m not in pain, I just want my running style assessed.
We can do this for you too! Just come dressed in your running gear and make sure to bring in your current pair of running shoes. We will test your running gait as well as your technical, physical and efficiency running parameters at three different speeds, and generate a full report for you. You will know how you are running, what you are doing wrong and how you can be Better, Stronger and Faster.