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Dealing With Overpronation of the Feet

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

The term pronation has to do with the turning inward or outward of the foot when walking and running. When the foot overpronates, it rolls excessively inward, which can negatively affect the gait. Overpronation can affect the way you stand, run, and distribute your weight while active. Overpronation, which is often termed flat foot, also can lead to posture or walking problems and may even result in back pain. A podiatrist can determine the extent of overpronation by examining the wear pattern on the bottom of your shoes, as well as studying the foot from front to back. An imaging test, such as an X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI may be performed to determine the extent of the imbalance. Many people with overpronation difficulties rely on foot orthotics to correct the inherent problems. A podiatrist can create a custom orthotic for you that helps to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by overpronation. In addition, several muscle-strengthening exercises can be prescribed to increase arch support. Please contact a podiatrist today for further guidance.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Deborah Holte, DPM from Northeast Missouri Foot Clinic. Our doctor 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 office located in Kirksville, MO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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