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By Dr. Michael Stein
September 02, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

 

No single person is perfect. We all have our flaws. Sometimes these flaws or differences in body mechanics can even cause us unnecessary pain. Take your feet for example. They were designed to evenly distribute your bodyweight while standing, walking, running, and jumping. However, in some individuals, this can be challenged by what we call overpronation.

This is a biomechanical issue that causes the arches of your feet to roll inward much too far. Normal pronation allows for the foot to roll inward about 15 percent, with overpronation the ankle rolls beyond this point. Typically, as the foot strikes the ground, it will evenly transfer weight from the back of the foot to the front, allowing your limbs to adequately absorb shock and distribute weight evenly. If your feet overpronate, though, this does not happen. The middle of your foot will fall downward and strain your muscles and ligaments. The motion may cause extreme pain and inflammation to the plantar fascia, which leads to discomfort and quite possibly other foot issues. That is why it is important to manage overpronation problems.

There are many reasons you may have developed flat feet associated with this condition. Obesity and weight gain from pregnancy, even repetitive motions and pounding of the feet on hard surfaces can create fallen arches. To best manage overpronation, we suggest custom orthotics.

Orthotics are designed to support your arch and reposition the ligaments and muscles of your feet and ankles to decrease strain and improve foot structure. We recommend a foot examination and potentially a custom orthotic fitting. Shoes with firm heels may also help you to manage the pain.

Don't let the shape of your feet make or break your happiness. You don't have to live with pain. Call California’s Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro at (510) 483-3390, Los Gatos at (408) 356-6767, and Pleasanton at (925) 425-9684 for an appointment.  Let us examine your feet and determine the best treatment plan for you. 

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