While people who run often for exercise are more prone to foot aches and pains in general, if you have untreated overpronation this pain and discomfort can also create havoc with your knees, hips, and back. Your podiatrist can perform a computerized gait analysis to see if you overpronate.
What is Overpronation?
As you walk or run, your foot rolls with the outside of the heel hitting the ground first, followed by an inward rolling as the middle and ball of the foot make contact with the ground. Usually this inward rolling, or pronation, is only about 15% of the total. However, for instances of overpronation, the foot rolls considerably further inward, causing a misalignment and excess pressure on the big and second toes which can result in a variety of problems with the feet and ankles. Your foot is more likely to roll inward if you have low arches, or flat feet, which can be treated with arch supports and orthotic inserts.
Signs of Overpronation
The wear patterns on the bottom of your shoes and sneakers will give an excellent indication of whether you have overpronation. Neutral pronation results in an even wear pattern over the entire bottom of the shoe, whereas overpronation will show up as a higher incidence of wear on the inner part of the shoe, and possibly in the big toe area. Overpronation is often associated with plantar fasciitis and heel pain, and may also lead to the development of bunions.
Treatment of Overpronation
- Footwear with firm yet comfortable support that minimizes foot movements
- Consult with your foot doctor about custom molded orthotic inserts that fit your foot precisely
- Do stretching exercises before and after running
- Replace your athletic shoes often, especially if they are badly worn
If you are experiencing signs of overpronation that are causing you pain and discomfort, don’t wait until the problems magnify. See your foot care specialist for proper treatment. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal treats a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Podiatry Center of New Jersey provides individualized high quality care for patients all across Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.