Overpronation

Overpronation

Overpronation is a biomechanical condition where the foot rolls excessively inward during the normal walking or running gait. This inward rolling motion can lead to an imbalanced distribution of weight and increased stress on certain structures in the foot and lower leg. Overpronation is often associated with flat feet, where the arch of the foot collapses and allows the foot to roll inward more than normal.

Key Characteristics of Overpronation:

  1. Flattening of the Arch: The arch of the foot collapses or becomes significantly lowered during weight-bearing activities.
  2. Inward Rolling: The ankle and heel tilt excessively inward as the foot makes contact with the ground.
  3. Increased Strain: Overpronation can contribute to various issues, including arch and heel pain, shin splints, and knee problems.

Can Orthotics Help with Overpronation?

Yes, orthotics can be beneficial in managing overpronation by providing additional support and stability to the foot. Orthotics are custom-made or prefabricated shoe inserts designed to address specific foot conditions and improve overall foot function. Here’s how orthotics can help with overpronation:

  1. Arch Support:
    • Orthotics are often designed with enhanced arch support to help maintain the natural arch of the foot.
    • By supporting the arch, orthotics can reduce excessive flattening and inward rolling during the gait cycle.
  2. Stabilization:
    • Orthotics provide stability to the foot and ankle, limiting excessive pronation.
    • This stabilization helps distribute weight more evenly across the foot, reducing the strain on specific structures.
  3. Shock Absorption:
    • Many orthotics are equipped with cushioning materials to absorb shock during walking or running.
    • This feature can reduce impact forces and provide added comfort for individuals with overpronation.
  4. Alignment Correction:
    • Orthotics can help align the foot and ankle in a more neutral position, preventing excessive inward rolling.
    • Improved alignment contributes to a more efficient and biomechanically sound gait.
  5. Prevention of Overuse Injuries:
    • By addressing overpronation, orthotics may help prevent overuse injuries that can result from the excessive stress placed on certain structures in the foot and lower leg.

It’s important to note that while orthotics can be effective in managing overpronation, they are most beneficial when used as part of a comprehensive approach to foot health. This may include appropriate footwear, stretching and strengthening exercises, and, if necessary, guidance from a healthcare professional or physical therapist. Individuals experiencing pain or discomfort associated with overpronation should consult with a healthcare provider to determine the most suitable interventions for their specific needs. Book an appointment and we can assist with fitting you for custom orthotics.