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Problems With Overpronation

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

Pronation is a natural foot movement that occurs when you walk or run. As you take a step, your foot lands on the outer heel and subsequently rolls inward to distribute weight and absorb impact. Too much pronation, known as overpronation, amplifies this movement and can cause the foot to roll inward too far. This results in excessive weight being forced onto the inner part of the sole, which strains ligaments, muscles, and tendons and increases the risk of pain, injury, and foot ailments. Loose joints and ligaments are thought to be the main cause of overpronation. Numerous conditions can arise due to this problem, including plantar fasciitis, bunions, and Achilles tendonitis. Heel spurs, sprains, and pain in other body parts can also result from overpronation. Genetic factors, pregnancy, excessive weight, and specific foot deformities may also be factors. Diagnosing overpronation can involve a gait analysis to assess walking and running patterns, but many other solutions to manage and alleviate overpronation are available. Included are stabilizing shoes and orthotics that can offer extra arch support, help to curb excessive movement, and reduce lower body stress. If you have foot pain that may be caused by overpronation, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Accent Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Arlington and Mansfield, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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