Running is a great way to stay in shape and be healthy. Did you know that if your feet aren’t positioned correctly that it can cause many painful problems in your feet, knees and hips? Foot pain caused by over-pronation is something that can easily be pushed to the sidelines when it comes to priorities, but it should be a front runner. Ask yourself the questions below to determine if you might suffer from over-pronation.
What is Over-Pronation?
Over-Pronation is the way your foot rolls inward toward the ankle when you are walking, running, etc. This is also known as having flat feet or fallen arches and can cause extreme pain when it isn’t being treated. Sometimes it can be a simple fix using shoe inserts called custom orthotics.
Could I have Over-Pronation?
Over-pronation is most common among runners. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have this problem if you aren’t a runner. Another cause of over-pronation is putting excess weight on your feet. So it’s common in people who are severely overweight or pregnant. Faulty foot structure could also cause over-pronation.
What symptoms should I look for?
The symptoms to look out for include: pain in your arch and sole of your foot, showing wear down faster in the inner side of your shoes, pain in your ankles, hips or knees especially when walking or running, or noticing how your foot turns inward. If you see these symptoms and they are causing you pain, it’s time to ask a podiatrist what custom orthotics or other treatments could do to help your foot pain.
What happens if I don’t get this treated?
If you have over-pronation and don’t take any actions to try to fix it, then it can cause more problems, such as shin splits, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and bunions. Over-pronation can also create pain that is in the hip and knees.
What is the treatment like?
Going to a podiatrist and having custom orthotics made might be one answer. This doesn’t mean you go to your local store and buy the gel inserts. Your feet are very unique which means that the solution to your problem needs to be unique as well. The podiatrist will do a full evaluation of your feet to see how you walk. The custom orthotics will be made specifically for your feet to correct the way you walk or run.
To learn more about custom orthotics and how they can help your foot pain contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare below. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.
Isn’t it time that you take care of your feet so you can continue to live an active, pain-free lifestyle?