Flat Feet (Overpronation)

Overpronation is a common foot condition where the arches of the feet collapse, causing the feet to roll inward excessively when walking or running. This results in an increased contact of the inner side of the foot with the ground. Overpronation is often associated with flat feet, a condition where the arches are lower or nonexistent.

What is the cause of overpronation?

  • Genetics: Some individuals are genetically predisposed to having flat feet or overpronation.
  • Weak Arch Muscles: Insufficient strength in the muscles that support the arches can contribute to overpronation.
  • Injuries or Aging: Overpronation can also result from injuries, wear and tear over time, or changes in foot structure due to ageing.

How does a Podiatrist at My Podiatry Canberra help treat overpronation?

  • Orthotics: Custom-made or over-the-counter orthotic inserts can provide additional arch support and help align the feet properly.
  • Proper Footwear: Wearing shoes with good arch support and stability is crucial. Motion control shoes are designed to reduce overpronation.
  • Strength Exercises: Strengthening exercises for the muscles supporting the arches can improve foot stability.
  • Stretching Exercises: Stretching the calf muscles and Achilles tendon can alleviate strain on the arches.
  • Avoiding High-Impact Activities: Activities that put excessive strain on the feet, such as running on hard surfaces, may need to be moderated.
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What can happen if overpronation is not addressed?

  • Increased Injury Risk: Overpronation can contribute to various foot and lower limb injuries, including tib post tendon dysfunction, shin splints and stress fractures.
  • Joint Issues: The misalignment caused by overpronation may contribute to issues in the knees, hips, and lower back.
  • Reduced Mobility: Persistent overpronation can lead to chronic pain and reduced mobility.

 

Addressing overpronation early with proper intervention and lifestyle adjustments can significantly improve symptoms and prevent complications. Book in today at Mr Podiatrist Canberra to address your overpronation.

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