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Why Pronation of the Feet Matters

Understanding supination and pronation as they relate to the feet is essential for maintaining proper foot health. Supination refers to the positioning of your foot when your weight tends to be more on the outside during walking or running, essentially causing your foot to lean outward. Pronation means your weight tends to be more on the inside of your foot during these activities, causing your foot to lean inward. Ideally, during a proper stride, your foot should roll forward from heel to toe with neutral pronation, ensuring even weight distribution. Excessive supination places stress on the outer side of your foot and can lead to uneven wear on the outside of your shoe. It may result in various issues, including calluses, bunions, and pain in your heels and the balls of your feet. Excessive pronation involves your foot rolling toward the inside, leading to uneven wear on the inside of your shoe and potential pain in your arch, heel, and ankle. The causes of these pronation issues can be genetic, such as having a high arch or uneven leg lengths, or they can result from injuries, overuse, or walking on hard surfaces. Obesity or pregnancy may also increase overpronation. If you suspect issues with your foot mechanics, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment plan options. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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