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What is an Overpronation?

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 00:00

As weight is being transferred from the heel to the forefoot when walking, the foot naturally rolls inwards resulting in what is referred to as pronation. If the foot rolls too far inwards, overpronation occurs. Overpronation can lead to a variety of overuse injuries, especially in runners, because of the additional stress placed on muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the feet, as well as the ankles and knees. Common injuries that can occur due to overpronation include plantar fasciitis, shin splints, tarsal tunnel syndrome, bunions, or Achilles tendonitis. Patients who believe that they may have an overpronated gait should consult with a podiatrist who will perform a gait analysis. Upon completing the gait analysis, a podiatrist will be able to offer a variety of treatment options, such as orthotics. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Institue. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in St. George, Hurricane, and Cedar City, UT and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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