OMEGA SPORTS IS NOT JUST A SHOE SHOP.
We pride ourselves on offering the latest sports and running advice to all our customers. Whether you are new to a sport or a pro, our trained staff understand your needs and offer personalized, independent advice on training plans, nutrition, gait analysis and much more.
Gait analysis is the study of your foot, ankle and lower limb motion during running and jogging. The process evaluates the foot’s anatomical structure, and its related degree of pronation. Pronation is a positive aspect; it’s the bodies natural mechanism to cushion itself. But it’s the degree to which you pronate that is the concern, particularly as one foot can pronate greater than the other, so we need to try to achieve a sense of balance.
The Gait Analysis offered by Omega Sports is completely free in-store, and is just a part of the process we go through to ensure that when you’re purchasing a new pair of shoes, we do all we can to minimize injury through recommending the right shoe.
MARATHON HYDRATION AND NUTRITION
It is important to research and practice the intake of food and water during your training sessions. This will give you the confidence on the day to put your body in the best possible position. Hydration and nutrition are key aspects to a successful marathon.
For further information refer to our Marathon Hydration and Nutrition guide.
WHAT CAUSES PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
There are usually two main causes – traction and compression.
Traction based PF is simply a case of overloading and overstretching the Plantar Fascia over a period of time. It simply cannot take the load any more and breaks down – hence your foot pain.
Compression based PF is a trauma or force related one, whereby you’ve landed on something hard and your Plantar Fascia gets injured and torn as a result.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
Usually first thing in the morning and usually underneath your heel. Your fascia is a fibrous tendon which doesn’t receive a lot of blood flow.
Combined with when you’re sleeping and that your feet are the furthest away from your heart, they don’t get a lot of blood flow. Your first few steps in the morning are usually quite painful. Some people describe it as stepping on a sharp stone. This tends to subside as you move more, creating more blood flow, which helps warm up your Plantar Fascia.
For more information download our detailed PDF for your reference
Foam rolling is a form of self-massage. Using a foam roller increases blood flow to your muscles and creates better movement, helping with recovery and improving performance. Used correctly for both training and race preparation and also recovery, a foam roller will provide a great accessory for your running.