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By Dr. Michael Stein
November 19, 2014
Category: Flat Feet
Tags: Flat Feet   flat arches   arch pain  

There are ways to test yourself for overpronationRunners know the value of a good running specialty store—the staff are specially trained to answer your questions and make solid footwear recommendations based on the needs of your feet, even if you suffer from something like overpronation. Runner’s Factory in Los Gatos, just a few miles from our office, is a great one, though there are others as well.

To put it in simple terms, when you overpronate you excessively roll your feet inward when you transfer weight from your heel to your forefoot, flattening out your arch. In fact, it’s especially common among those with naturally flat feet.

While this is not really an “injury” per se; it throws your whole body out of alignment as you walk or run. Legs, knees, and thighs have to rotate internally in order to compensate, and your muscles and ligaments take on extra stress. As a result, you can develop chronic pain in your feet, ankles, shins, knees, thighs, hips, and even your lower back.

Overpronation also makes you much more susceptible to overuse injuries or other painful foot conditions, especially if you’re a runner or engage regularly in other sports. Some of the most common include shin splints, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, bunions, and tarsal tunnel syndrome.

You can test to see if you have flat feet by using the “wet test”: Get your feet wet and stand on a piece of paper; if you can see the impression of the whole footprint, you have low arches and very likely overpronate. Another method is checking the tread wear on your shoes: If you’re grinding down the inside first, it’s a good indication that you’re pronating excessively.

If you notice either of these signs, or are struggling with chronic pain in your feet and ankles, the next step is to call the experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay for a full evaluation and diagnosis. Fortunately, overpronation is usually treated conservatively via a combination of better shoes and, if necessary, custom-fit orthotics to support the arch and realign your foot. Dial (510) 483-3390 today to set up an appointment at one of our three convenient offices in the East Bay and Silicon Valley.

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