Pronation Is Deviation
Yes, when our feet deviate from the normal and begin to rotate in an uncomfortable position, they are said to pronate. The rotation happens in the midtarsal region of our foot and it causes it to move inward and/ or downward. This results in our foot coming down on its inner margin. Some over or underpronation is considered absolutely normal, but too much pronation in either direction is not and it affects our normal gait cycle. Pronation primarily occurs at our feet and ankles. It has two types namely — overpronation and underpronation (which is also known as supination).
Collapsed arches affect the majority of the urban adult population these days and overpronation in particular is a highly prevalent problem that is spreading like wild fire because people don’t know what shoes to wear. Some of us also have weak legs and / or walk on flat, hard surfaces. All of this contributes to changes in the soft tissue structures of our feet and our joints and this causes foot bones to shift. This is how pronation occurs.
Do You Know Of The Primary Causes Of Pronation?
What causes the related abnormalities? What is the reason for the pain and discomfort that one has to go through when they suffer from pronation? Have a look at the following factors and understand that these alone and in combination with one another are the primary reason for it:
- Your genetics
- When you have a poor posture, your muscles compensate for it and that results in pronation
- Your old injuries that leave scar tissue behind and when these are on your lower legs, they can easily cause pain and weakness
- If you are not in proper form when you walk or run
- Do you know that too little activity can also cause weakness in your lower body?
- Age too can cause this pain because it tends to limit your range of motion and gives rise to stiffness
- By overusing your joints and / or exercising too much your risk for joint pain and pronation related pain can increase
- When you stand for long periods of time and don’t get a chance to rest
- When you are not resting enough between gym days which is very important for muscle recovery
- Not wearing supportive shoes or insoles can cause this pain as well
- You may also experience pain and stiffness when you lose cartilage in your subtalar joint (located in the foot), which is often due to arthritis and / or osteoarthritis
Do You Suffer From Dysfunction Of The Tibialis Posterior Tendon?
This is a very common reason why people suffer from “acquired flatfoot deformity”. This case of severely fallen arches is found in many adults. It hits women especially after the age of 40. The tibialis posterior tendon acts as a dynamic stabilizer and links the middle part of the foot with the arches. It also helps elevate the arch of the foot, raise the smaller bones in our middle foot and makes it rigid.
So these were the causes for pronation and the resultant pain that so many of us suffer from on a regular basis. The right solution to it doesn’t seem to be that difficult to acquire though. If you haven’t heard of orthotics and supportive footwear, it is time to invest in them right now. These are able to secure a more suitable position of your feet giving them the relief and the proper form that they need to assist you in walking and maintaining the right posture. Orthotics and supportive insoles and shoes are the ideal and the least invasive method of correcting the effects and rectifying the symptoms of pronation.