Have you been told your feet roll in or pronate? Are you wondering if this is a bad thing? This blog will answer some simple questions about pronation- what it is and how it can affect you!
Pronation refers to the natural side-to-side movement of the foot as you walk or run. Your foot normally rolls a bit inward with each step.
There is a big misunderstanding that pronation is bad, but it is necessary for shock absorption when walking. It is easily mistaken for being the cause of foot pain as too much of it can cause malalignment. This is called overpronation.
In overpronation, the feet tend to full splay and contact the ground. The able also rotated inwards and a significant angle. You will then start to see the effects on your movement patterns as the knees and hips also start rotating inwards. This can put more pull on the surrounding soft tissue structures leading to pain and overuse injuries.
Common injuries seen in people that overpronate are:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles problems
- Callus on the heels
- Inside knee pain
- Shin splints
- Lower back pain
- Ankle sprains
- Tibialis posterior pain
At SOLE THERAPY we are experts in diagnosis and treating patients with overpronation and associated pains.
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Words from one of our Podiatrist's,