What is overpronation ?

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    Definition: While the foot motion called pronation is a normal motion of the foot, when there is excessive pronation, or overpronation, patients are thought to have a higher risk of developing lower extremity problems. Overpronation has been implicated in many conditions, including:
    ~Shin Splints

    ~Stress Fractures


    ~Chondromalacia (Runner's Knee)

    ~Plantar Fasciitis

    Treatment of overpronation is focused on corrective footwear and orthotics. Shoes with adequate padding and support help most people with overpronation. Most athletic shoe stores have a knowledgeable staff that can assist you in finding appropriate shoes. Orthotics and arch supports may be helpful for many patients.
    Pronation is the inward (medial) roll of the foot and in particular the heel and arch which occurs naturally at the heel strike as a cushioning mechanism.

    Overpronation is when the feet roll inward too much.

    Supination, also known as underpronation, is the opposite to pronation where the feet don't roll inward enough. Wearing the wrong type of shoe will lead to painful shins and joints, or even injury.

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