What Is Overpronation And How To Deal With It?
Have you ever wondered how your foot hits the ground? Not really! It’s common to not notice how your foot hits the ground while walking or running. We perform such activities a multitude of times in a day. Since it feels automatic, it’s natural to not put much thought or wonder how your foot hits the ground when you perform any activity. However, how you step actually does matter for your health, especially if your lifestyle involves physical activities including running, hiking, playing sports, brisk walking, etc.
What is Overpronation?Pronation is the flattening of your feet when it hits the ground, under normal circumstances. Overpronation refers to a condition involving overly flattening of your feet. Insoles for overpronation are the best, non-invasive way to treat this condition. When you walk, run or hike your foot rolls inward. With overpronation, the first outer edge of your heel hits the ground, and then your foot rolls inward, forming the arch. With overly flattening and stretching the arch, your muscles, ligaments, and tendons, get strained. With pressure imbalances and strained muscles, you’re prone to get injured and develop certain conditions. Orthotics for overpronation are exclusively designed to support your arches and reduce strain on your feet. Common injuries and conditions caused by consistent, unattended overpronation include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- plantar fasciitis
- ankle sprains
- shin splints
- heel spurs
How To Detect Overpronation?
Preliminary Sole And Feet ExaminationNow that you know what overpronation is, you must wonder how to know if you overpronate? A simple and easy way to detect overpronation is by examining the wear and tear marks at the bottom of your shoes. If the wearing is mainly concentrated on the inside sole near the ball of your foot and the big toe, there’s a high chance that you overpronate. In fact, if you place your shoes on a flat surface, you might see that your shoes tilt inward. Insoles for overpronation can correct this misalignment. Now, examine your bare feet. Do you notice low or flat arches? This may be another clarifying sign that you overpronate.
Understanding The SymptomsOverpronation manifests itself with various other symptoms, including:
- corns or calluses
- hammer toes
- heel or arch pain
- more strain on your knees