The Fit Process - FAQ
Is there a fee for the fit process, and do I need an appointment?
The BPRC fit process is free of charge, and no appointment is necessary. It's simply what we do! All members of our friendly, knowledgeable staff will happily guide you through the process which only takes about 5 minutes.
Should I bring in the shoes I'm currently using for running or walking?
You are certainly welcome to do this, but it is not necessary. Looking at the wear pattern on the outsole of your shoe has limitations and can often be misleading. With BPRC's Video Gait Analysis, we are able to observe your foot mechanics while your are actually running or walking, thus eliminating the need to look at the wear pattern on your shoe. No guesswork here...plus it gives you the chance to watch and learn about yourself. We do encourage you to bring in your used shoes if you are no longer planning to use them so they can be donated to our 'Re-Use Your Shoes" program — you'll get a discount and the shoes will go to a good cause!
Can I use my own shoes for the Video Gait Analysis?
BPRC provides a specific shoe (one that is neutral) to be used during Video Gait Analysis. A midsole we know is fresh (new) also improves the integrity of the footage we capture.
Why use a neutral shoe for Video Gait Analysis?
A neutral shoe allows us to observe each individual's foot mechanics as they naturally behave, without any support from the shoe itself. Using a shoe we are familiar with also gives us a recognizable baseline against which we can compare other shoes.
Why wear a shoe versus going barefoot during Video Gait Analysis?
Observing an individual who is barefoot is a good option in terms of understanding foot mechanics. However, since most people visiting BPRC plan to run or walk while wearing shoes, we believe it makes sense to observe foot mechanics while wearing a shoe. Plus, it gives us a recognizable baseline against which we can compare other shoes.
I wear orthotics. Should I use them during the Video Gait Analysis?
Yes. Orthotics have a direct impact on normal foot mechanics and if you plan on using them while you run or walk, then they should be worn during both Video Gait Analysis and the try-on phase of footwear selection.
My outsole shows a wear pattern on the heel — does this mean I over pronate?
Wear patterns on the heel are indicative of striking on the back or the outside part of the heel during the first phase of the gait cycle. This does not give any indication of an individual's pronation tendency.
My outsole shows a wear pattern on the outside (lateral) portion of my shoe — does this mean I under pronate?
Maybe. Then again, it could mean that you are striking on the outside portion of the shoe and are rolling in at midstance, resulting in over pronation. This is one example of how a wear pattern on the outsole can be misleading. Observing an individual during Video Gait Analysis eliminates the potential for error here by isolating each phase of the gait cycle and providing a clear understanding of foot mechanics.
Can improper footwear lead to injuries?
Absolutely. In fact, the three most common causes of injury in runners and walkers are doing too much, too soon, improper or inadequate stretching, and improper footwear.
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