Over Pronation-Flat Feet

Over Pronation

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Do your feet roll inwards? Your feet are the foundation of your body, so when they are out of alignment, your entire skeletal structure feels the effects. Over-pronation, or flat feet, is a common biomechanical problem that occurs in the walking process when a person's arch collapses upon weight bearing. This motion can cause extreme stress or inflammation on the plantar fascia, possibly causing severe discomfort and leading to other foot problems.

About Over-Pronation and Flat Feet

Over-pronation is very prominent in people who have flexible, flat feet. The framework of the foot begins to collapse, causing the foot to flatten and adding additional stress to other parts of the foot.

Over-pronation can often lead to conditions like:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Spurs
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Post-tib Tendonitis
  • Bunions

People with flat feet often do not experience discomfort immediately, and some never suffer from any discomfort at all. However, when symptoms develop and become painful, walking becomes awkward and causes increased strain on the feet and calves.

Causes of Over-Pronation and Flat Feet

There are many causes of flat feet. Obesity, pregnancy or repetitive pounding on a hard surface can weaken the arch, leading to over-pronation.

  • Weakened muscles due to aging or heavy strain placed on the feet may cause over-pronation.
  • Standing or walking for long periods in high heels can lead to over-pronation.
  • Wearing shoes that don't provide proper arch support may be a contributing factor to the development of over-pronation.

Treatment and Prevention of Over-Pronation and Flat Feet

Over-pronation can be treated conservatively (non-surgical treatments) with over-the-counter inserts and insoles. These inserts should be designed with appropriate arch support and medial rear foot posting to prevent the over-pronation.

Footwear should also be examined to ensure there is a proper fit. Footwear with a firm heel counter is often recommended for extra support and stability. Improper fitting footwear can lead to additional problems of the foot.

Most people can help treat over-pronation just by wearing the proper shoes. If you have over-pronation, your shoes should offer great support and stability through the arch. People with over-pronation can also use insoles that support the arch and help stabilize the heel. Also, if you have over-pronation, consider using custom orthotics to aid in arch support. Shop any of the 250 Foot Solutions locations for arch supports and receive a free digital foot analysis.