Overpronation: Here’s What You Need to Know

Pronation refers to the way our feet naturally absorb shock when our feet strike the ground as we walk or run. During a neutral pronation, the arches of the foot flex downward and in, evenly dispersing the impact of motion.

Sometimes one or both arches will flex too far inward or stay collapsed for too long and we call that excessive action of the arch overpronation.

People who tend to overpronate may have a case that varies from mild to severe. Severe overpronation can mean a person’s feet and ankles rotate too far inward even when they are simply standing.

Although the act of pronation lowers the arches, people with high arches can also overpronate. Some people have always overpronated since childhood, but others develop a tendency to overpronate due to age, weight gain, long hours of standing at work, or rigorous exercise.

One indicator of overpronation is excessive wear along the inner side of shoe heels. One of our podiatrists can give you an accurate and complete assessment of your pronation. It’s important to have overpronation properly diagnosed and treated because it can adversely affect your entire body’s alignment. Overpronation pulls the heel bone in and can lead to unnecessary strain upon the ankles, knees, hips, and back.

Common conditions related to overpronation may include plantar fasciitis/inflammation, metatarsal pain, dysfunction of the Achilles tendon, pain on the inside of the knee, and bursitis in the hip.

If you overpronate, you’ll want to talk with one of our podiatrists here at Ankle + Foot Center about treatment, which may include custom orthotics to help support your feet in a more neutral molded position leading to a more balanced stance and better overall foot function.  If you or someone you know has overpronation schedule an appointment today with Ankle + Foot Center.

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