Whether you know it or not, pronation is an important part of how you move. Throughout the day as you walk, run and move your feet constantly go through pronation. We’re going to explain why pronation is so important and how to identify whether you need to adjust for improper pronation! Improper pronation spell disaster for your feet, causing pain and discomfort.
What is Pronation?
Pronation is the inward roll of the foot as you walk. As the motion happens the outer edge of the heel strikes the ground and the foot rolls inward, flattening. The foot is designed to pronate and redirect force throughout the gait cycle. This means you’ll be able to absorb and designate where your weight falls as you walk and run. A moderate amount of pronation is required for the foot to function. However, some people have variations in their ability to pronate.
Over pronation is not an injury or disorder, but can lead to damage in the long run. If your foot rolls to far inward as you move you over pronate. This can cause a number of problems all throughout the body. Over pronation means the foot isn’t properly absorbing the shock as you move. Instead the force is passed on to your legs, hips, knees and sometimes your spine. Over pronating can also force the toes to take on all the work as you push off for your next step. People with flat feet normally over pronate.
Under pronation, also known as supination, is the insufficient roll of the foot as you land. The heel contacts the ground but the foot does not roll inward more than fifteen percent. This means force will target smaller areas of the foot and not properly distributed. As you push off most of the effort is from the smaller toes on the outside of the foot. Under pronated usually causes the outer edge of shoes to wear sooner.
What Does This Mean for My Feet?
Over pronating and under pronating can lead to injury and foot problems including Achilles tendinitis, iliotibial band syndrome and even plantar fasciitis.
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