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Over and under pronation can be corrected by orthotics… But what exactly is meant by pronation of the foot and how does it over or under pronate and does it even matter? This article aims to address these issues.
Pronation is the inward “roll” of your foot whilst you run or walk. In other terms pronation is the amount of inward roll that occurs when your foot pushes off after each step.
Normal or neutral pronation is preferred and in order to check if you have normal pronation one of the biggest clues is your arch (on the sole of your foot) if you have a normal arch then there is a big chance you have normal pronation (sometimes not always the case).
If you have got normal pronation of the foot then you may run best in well supported orthotics.
Over and under pronation of the feet can lead to pain in the foot region and the heel as well as site wide inflammation. People who have got flat feet tend to be the ones with over pronation in the feet and are best suited to insoles or shoes that help support the arch of the foot i.e. arch support insoles. In contrast to this people who have not got flat feet but the very opposite with high arches are the ones that tend to suffer from under pronation. People who suffer from under pronation are best to buy some shoes or insoles that help to support the arch and foot in a more natural position.
Causes of over and under pronation
Scientists have come up with many explanation to the causes of over pronation however scientist have yet to come to any conclusions as to what is exactly to blame. Some reasons that scientist and orthopaedics have come up with include:
– Leg length discrepancy’s (unequal length of the leg).
This can be corrected using heel lifts to correct the difference in leg lengths.
– Weakening or tightening of the muscles surrounding the arch of the foot.
This can be treated by stretching and strengthening the muscles around the arch of the foot.
– Poorly fitting shoes that do not give adequate support and psotions the foot in unnatural postions where over time can cuase damage.
– Ageing can cause weakening of the tissues that support the arch
– Obesity, being overweight can cause more pressure on the arch of the foot.
Arch support insoles can be worn to help too support the plantar fascia and the arch of the foot thus reducing over or under pronation of the foot. The arch support corrects and supports the natural arch in the foot reducing pain and easing inflammation.
Heel pain is a big nuisance and it can interrupt and make day to day activity difficult. It can be even more troublesome when your job demands that you stay on your feet for long periods of time for example working in retail on the shop floor. What you need is instant pain relief so you can get on with your life.
Heel pain symptoms can be appearing as either a dull ache at the heels bottom or a sharp stabbing pain, the pain can be localised anywhere on the heel from the back to the front. Heel pain is a main cause of people seeking professional podiatric help. Heel pain is a common symptom of a condition known as plantar fasciitis or plantar fasciosis. The plantar fascia is a tendon that wraps itself under the heel and links it to the toes. The plantar fascia provides the support around the arch of the foot that allows the foot to push off from the ground. Sometimes severe trauma to the area caused by a blow may result in this kind of pain but plantar fasciitis is more commonly occurring due to overuse.
Overuse of the plantar fascia will result in aggravation of the condition and a deterioration accompanied by inflammation in the area. Weight gain increases pressure on the plantar fascia resulting in its overuse, also heavy exercise such as marathon training can lead to overuse resulting in heel pain. To avoid plantar fasciitis we should not overload the plantar fascia. It is recommended that as we get older we only increase exercise intensity gently in order to reduce the likelihood of injury such as plantar fasciitis. The heel pain is a way the body has of preserving the plantar fascia by telling you to slow down and give it rest. Luckily we can give the plantar fascia the rest it requires whilst living a full and active life.
Cushion heel pads take on the role of the plantar fascia providing cushioning and support. In effect it shares the burden of walking around and so allows the plantar fascia to recuperate and reduces inflammation and pain in the heel. NuovaHealth source the best products for plantar fasciitis such as heel cushion pads and soothing gel heel cups as well as arch support insoles. All products are guaranteed to reduce your pain or you get your money back, that is how confident we are in what we sell.
If your work involves standing or walking for long hours on flat hard surfaces then your feet can start to suffer problems such as over pronation. It is estimated that 65% of the population experience foot ailments and it is all due to the hard flat artificial surfaces we run, walk and stand upon every day. These artificial surfaces and not like the surfaces that exist in nature that humans evolved to walk upon. Walk along sand or on grass or soil and you will notice that the ground seems to mould to your feet, it is soft and absorbs your weight easily. Now walk on concrete and you will find that the force of your weight hitting the ground gets redirected upwards into your ligaments and joints as the ground doesn’t mould to your feet instead it is rigid, stubborn and hard and it is causing damage to your feet.
These hard surfaces can cause over pronation which leads to heel inflammation and can also lead to knee and back pain as your posture readjusts to distribute your weight away from the foot. Overpronation fortunately can be corrected with the use of arch support insoles. Arch support insoles absorb shocks from the ground as you walk, support your feet’s natural position and correct your posture. Whilst orthotics can be expensive it is a good investment because they help to prevent injuries and pain caused by biomechanical problems in the future. It is said that prevention is much better than the cure and this is certainly true for arch support insoles as they prevent problems from occurring in the foot and can help your feet to start repairing themselves as they are no longer inflamed and as swollen as they were before. Existing pain is also relieved with the use of arch support insoles.
NuovaHealth source only the best quality arch support insoles to fit all your needs. They can be cut down to the exact size you require ensuring a comfy fit for your favourite pair of shoes. Try our arch support insoles today – year long guarantee applies to all our products meaning if you are not happy you can return them for a full refund, no questions asked.
Heel pain is a common symptom of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes; it supports the arch of the foot. If the plantar fascia is injured or is weakened or becomes swollen or inflamed the heel of the foot can begin to hurt as you stand due to the added pressure of the weight of your body on the already inflamed plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis is the name for this inflammation in the plantar fascia.
As we have already explained heel pain is the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis. In order to gain relief from this pain you have to support the plantar fascia and distribute the pressure, caused by standing, away from the painful area.
In order to gain the most appropriate relief from plantar fasciitis heel pain we must consider the causes of the heel pain in the first place and treat the cause not just the symptoms. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the ligament that supports the arch straining and thus becoming inflamed. Straining is more likely to occur due to excessive pronation, high arches or flat feet, walking or standing or running for a long time on hard flat surfaces, being overweight, wearing shoes that don’t fit well or a tight Achilles tendon.
People with Plantar fasciitis caused by flat feet can gain relief by using plantar fasciitis insoles. Plantar fasciitis insoles are specially designed orthotics. They are shoe inserts that support the arch of the foot and in doing so re-align your posture, supports the natural arch of the foot and redistributes pressure. The result is instant pain relief from plantar fasciitis associated with flat foot.
If your plantar fasciitis is not caused by flat foot and the arch of your foot is fine then you should instead wear plantar fasciitis heel pads or heel cups. These absorb everyday shock to the heel area and redistribute this away from the painful region; they realign your posture and help to eliminate heel pain. Pain from standing or walking is instantly eliminated.
Those that run may be best advised to wear arch support sports insoles in order to prevent plantar fasciitis from occurring in the first place.
Tight Achilles tendons can be resolved through stretches. We will deal with tight Achilles tendons in a future article as there is a lot to explain here.
NuovaHealth stock many plantar fasciitis products designed to help you find relief from your pain.
If you are involved in athletics then you can benefit from the use of sports insoles. Sports insoles offer reduced risk of injury and improve performance.
Running is an example of an activity that can be improved by the use of sports insoles. Running is extremely popular due to the high amount of calories it burns, the ease in which you can take part and the improvement in your cardiovascular health however running comes with risks. When your foot hits the ground the force generated is equal to 5x your body weight and this force is transmitted throughout the foot and up the legs and into your lower back. This force is then repeated over and over again as you run. The problem is that over time it results in strain on the knee joints and the lower back resulting in pain.
Sports insoles benefit you by absorbing the shock as you hit the ground. The impact is reduced and so straining is reduced. Sports insoles also come with a specially designed arch support. The arch support is an orthotic feature. The orthotic creates an extra cushioning effect on the foot which will alleviate conditions such as flat foot (that can be made worse by running) and help to create an optimal and mechanically efficient posture further reducing pain in the knees and the lower back.
In conclusion many people take up running and athletics as part of their new year’s resolution and we fully support this as it offers tremendous health benefits. Nuova Health however caution new runners because running is a high impact activity you can make certain conditions worse. Sports insoles can reduce the risk of injuring yourself so you can enjoy all the benefits of running or sport and not have to suffer any of the downsides.
Nuova Health sell high quality insoles designed for all types of conditions. We recommend you take a look at our sports insoles.