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A pronated foot is one that rolls inward excessively when walking or running and does not properly pass the weight over the foot.  It is normal for a foot to pronate when we run or walk the problem occurs when we over pronate. This creates a biomechanical problem that stresses the foot and lower leg. The knee and hip are affected as well because of the excessive inward rotation of the leg.
Patients that have a pronated foot are at risk for developing overuse injuries, such as ankle problems, achilles tendonitis, shin splints, heel and knee pain and heel spurs. These patients are particularly sensitive to overuse injuries such as stress fractures and tendonitis. The problem of over pronation will not go away. A visible sign of over pronation is abnormal shoe wear. Stable shoes with proper custom made orthotics can help correct the symptoms of the problem.
The shoes should be designed for the activity and the foot problem. For example, running shoes would not be right for playing basketball because they are designed for forward motion. Playing basketball requires side-to-side movement and basketball shoes provide the proper stability for the foot and ankle. The same concept is true for walking shoes. Do not try to use walking shoes for jogging because there will not be enough cushioning in the sole of the shoe to absorb the shock. It is important that the shoe be designed to suit the task they are being used for.
Custom made orthotics, will correct abnormal foot motion and alignment. They can make foot motion more efficient and correct structural imbalances. Orthotics can relieve discomfort and reduce the risk of foot injury. If you feel you might suffer from over pronation you should visit a Podiatrist to have it properly assessed.

 

 

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