Understanding Pronation And Its Role In Foot Pain

Have you ever heard someone say that they “run over” their shoes? Maybe you say that yourself. You probably mean that your feet tear up the inside or outside edges of your shoes because your feet fall onto these edges as you walk when they should be staying in the middle part of your shoe.

If your feet roll toward the inside and your ankle rotates inward, that’s a condition called pronation. While some pronation (and outward rolling called supination) is completely normal, a large amount of movement with every step can cause a variety of problems.

Let’s look at pronation and what can be done to correct it.

Understanding Pronation

It’s easy to see if you pronate by looking at your shoes. Excessive wear on the inside edge of your shoes or soles is a telltale sign. Essentially, your ankle is rotating inward while the front part of your foot — up near the big toe — is moving toward the outside. When your foot falls on the ground in this unusual fashion, you get structural misalignment that leads to pain and damage.

Pronation manifests itself as symptoms that include:

- a callus on the underside of the big toe from striking the floor at an unusual angle
- a general feeling of foot fatigue that you can’t pin down to any particular cause
- pain in the ankle
- pain in the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel or in the calf muscle
- pain in the knee or lower back that has no other cause

You may pronate naturally, or the problem may be the result of shoes that are too large or fit poorly. Shoes that are worn out inside or have worn heels or bottom surfaces can also cause the foot to hit the ground at a strange angle.

Preventing Pronation And Easing Its Symptoms

Pronation can be especially painful when running, but it can cause foot pain and other issues when walking or standing as well. To prevent its harmfully effects, you need good shoes that hold your feet steady within them. You may also benefit from the right shoe insoles.

While many shoe insoles are designed for cushioning to prevent heel pain and other issues that result from the force of the foot striking the ground, those kind of insoles won’t do the most good when you pronate. Instead, you need shoe insoles designed for stability.

Stability shoe insoles are specially designed to prevent the side-to-side movement of your foot within the shoe, and that’s exactly what pronation is.

If pronation could be the problems that’s causing your generalized foot pain, you may be able to eliminate the back-and-forth movement and feel better within days when you use shoe insoles. Why not give them a try and see if you can make your foot pain issues ancient history?

You’ll never regret taking positive action to eliminate a source of pain in your life so you can feel better as you go about your daily activities.