What does “over-pronation” mean when I run or walk?

Pronation is part of a normal gait pattern (the way you walk).  Pronation involves the arch flattening to the ground and the heel turning outward.  Pronation during walking helps to absorb shock on full contact to the ground and also helps to lift the foot off the ground.  Some people stay in a pronated position for a longer period of time than what is normal during walking or running, which we term as “over-pronation.”  If the foot stays in a flatter position and the arch does not return, then this abnormal walking pattern can cause strain to the inside aspect of the knee, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis just to name a few.  Over-pronators need to have custom orthotics fabricated for their foot type because most soft inserts will collapse from the force of the arch collapsing too long.  If you think you may be over-pronating or have been told by running stores that you over-pronate, call Advanced Podiatry at (813) 875-0555 and make an appointment with one of our doctors to perform a full evaluation of any foot, ankle or leg pain you may be experiencing from over-pronating.