What is overpronation?
Overpronation, or flat feet, is a common biomechanical problem in which the arch collapses upon weight bearing. This can cause extreme stress or inflammation on the plantar fascia, potentially causing severe discomfort and leading to other foot problems.
What causes overpronation?
Overpronation is prominent in people with flexible, flat feet. The framework of the foot begins to collapse, causing the foot to flatten and adding stress to other parts of the foot. As a result, overpronation often leads to plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, metatarsalgia, post-tib tendonitis, and bunions.
Contributing factors to overpronation may include obesity, pregnancy, or repetitive pounding on a hard surface that weakens the arch. Some people with flat feet do not experience discomfort immediately, or suffer any discomfort at all. However, when symptoms do develop, walking can become awkward and painful and cause increased strain on the feet and calves.
How do you treat and prevent overpronation?
Orthotics with appropriate arch support and medial rearfoot posting can prevent overpronation. Footwear with a firm heel counter is also recommended for extra support and stability. Improperly fitting footwear can lead to additional foot problems.
If the problem persists, consult your doctor. Your Fit Specialist at Stan’s will advise you on appropriate footwear for your condition.
Courtesy of foot.com