Over-pronation is a common foot condition, often plaguing people with flexible, flat feet, occurring when the framework to your foot collapses, causing the foot to flatten and cause stress to other parts of the foot.
Over-pronation can ultimately lead to other foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, metatarsalgia, or bunions.
If you notice that you consistently have a callus on the inside of your big toe, you feel the extra strain on your ankle, shin or knees when walking or running, notice your shoes tend to wear out early, or you experience chronic foot pain, then you be an over-pronator.
If you are unsure if you are, the following tips can help you to better determine if you tend to over-pronate:
Look at your shoes. Over-pronators tend to wear their shoes out more. If you look at the soles of your shoes, you will see more wear on the inner side of the heel and forefoot, as well as notice a possible tilt.
Check your posture. Stand in front of a full-length mirror, looking closely at your legs, knees, and ankles. If your knees are very close together or touch while standing, then you may be an over-pronator.
Ask an expert. The staff at running shoe stores are trained to spot over-pronation. Not only can they help to determine if you are, but they can also recommend the right type of shoe to provide you with the right support and stability.
See your podiatrist. If you are concerned that you are over-pronating, or are suffering from any other foot issue that may be causing your foot pain, then it may be best to see your podiatrist for further help. They can determine if your pronation is normal or abnormal, as well as give you helpful tips to help improve your foot issues.
For help with any of your podiatry needs, contact the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois today!