Overpronation is a common concern among runners. With normal pronation, the foot rolls inward up to 15 per cent, comes in complete contact with the ground, and can support the body weight effectively and absorb the shock. However when the foot rolls more than 15 per cent inward the foot and ankle have problems stabilising the body, and the shock isn’t absorbed as efficiently. Also at the end of the gait cycle, the big toe and second toe do all of the push-off, and this leads to strain on them and instability in the foot. Left uncorrected, overpronation can lead to a range of issues, from discomfort to injury.
The most common running injuries associated with overpronation are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the ligament under the arch causing severe heel pain (click here to read a case study). The stress on the tendon behind the ankle can cause tiny tears, swelling and inflammation this is called Achilles Tendonitis. The twisting of the leg can also lead to shin splints, knee pain, and discomfort in the major tendons of the thigh. Pain can even extend up into the hips and back.
Fortunately, orthotics are a very effective solution to address overpronation and ensure a more comfortable and injury-free running experience. Orthotics are shoe inserts designed to restore and aid your natural foot function. This is achieved by re-aligning the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position thus allowing muscles and joints to move with less stress and tension.
Digital scanning combined with our unique expertise enables us to build a comprehensive picture of how your foot functions and what corrections are needed. Static and dynamic tests are performed to reflect how your foot moves during both exercise and rest.
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By moulding the orthotics directly onto your feet, optimal support, postural awareness and comfort are achieved.
The result is the creation of an effective custom made orthotic specifically for you!
Best running shoes for overpronation
Our friends at Run and Become, London SW1, recommend the best shoes for overpronation, you can find the article here.