Understand Why Pronation Causes Foot Pain & What You Can Do About It

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Mar 7, 2015 3:00:00 PM

running_shoes_close_upIf you’re a runner or avid exerciser, you probably know what pronation is. Just in case you don’t, pronation is “the way the foot rolls inward when you walk and run. It is part of the natural movement that helps the lower leg deal with shock” (Source: Asics). Some people pronate more than others, which can lead to foot pain and foot problems. But before you worry about that, it’s important to first understand your personal pronation type and choose the right kind of shoes to fit your feet and the way they move. The article below can help offer some insight.

Posted by: Runner’s World

Pronation, Explained

Understanding your personal pronation type is crucial to choosing the proper running shoes.


February 23, 2005

If you have a normal arch, you're likely a normal pronator, meaning you'll do best in a stability shoe that offers moderate pronation control. Runners with flat feet normally overpronate, so they do well in a motion-control shoe that controls pronation. High-arched runners typically underpronate, so they do best in a neutral-cushioned shoe that encourages a more natural foot motion.

Normal Pronation
The outside part of the heel makes initial contact with the ground. The foot "rolls" inward about fifteen percent, comes in complete contact with the ground, and can support your body weight without any problem. The rolling in of the foot optimally distributes the forces of impact. This movement is called "pronation," and it's critical to proper shock absorption. At the end of the gait cycle, you push off evenly from the front of the foot.

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Some people pronate more than others. This is called over-pronation or hyper-pronation. What most people don’t realize is that having misaligned feet is the underlying cause of the pronation that not only causes foot pain, but also pain in other areas of your body, such as your knees, hips, and back. This misalignment happens when the ankle bone slips off the heel bone and causes abnormal or excessive motion – like over-pronation.

The good news is that there is a treatment available called HyProCure® that pushes a small titanium stent into the natural space between the ankle and heel bone, restoring alignment in the feet. It’s an outpatient procedure that doesn’t cause pain, doesn’t use screws or drilling, and allows patients to walk out of the office and be back in their normal shoes within 3-5 days.

HyProCure® can help your foot pain caused by over-pronation and other foot problems. To learn more download the free eBook below or contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to find out if you’re a candidate for the procedure. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

Treatment for Foot Pain

Topics: foot problems, foot pain, HyProCure