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Understanding Fallen Arches and Over-Pronation in Your Feet

Fallen arches and flat feet aren't the same thing. While "flat feet" aren't very common, only around 5% of the population, fallen arches, also known as "over-pronation," are quite common. Our feet have a natural shock-absorbing mechanism called pronation and supination. Some people with high arches struggle with shock absorption, while most people have normal or low arches.

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Over-pronation occurs in many cases when people have normal-to-low arches. When they walk or run, their arches collapse, and their ankles roll inward, which is called over-pronation. We over-pronate for a reason, but it's a normal part of our walking pattern. During pronation (rolling in), our feet absorb shock, while during supination (rolling out), they propel forward. When over-pronation occurs, our feet are not able to properly supinate and return to their original position when we pronate excessively and for an extended period of time.

As a result, this leads to the development of bunions.

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Whenever we overpronate, we disrupt our natural gait and walking patterns, which in turn causes an imbalance in our feet, which in turn can cause other parts of our body to wear out. Over-pronation can be a contributing factor in the development of many biomechanical conditions, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Heel pain
  • Heel Spurs
  • Shin Splints
  • Knee Pain
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Treatments for Over Pronation

Often prescribed by foot specialists (podiatrists), orthotics inserts can provide effective treatment for over-pronation and fallen arches. Orthotics inserts can be customized or made to fit you specifically.

Alternatively, you may opt to use "pre-made foot orthotics", as most people do. As with you, they do not require the use of expensive custom-made orthotics. Ready-made orthotic insoles would be an easy way to address excessive pronation unless you happen to suffer from an underlying health condition.

Other treatments include:

  • Stretching Exercises: Certain exercises can help strengthen the muscles in your feet and legs. Simple stretches like calf stretches and towel scrunches can be done at home to improve foot stability.
  • Supportive Shoes: One of the simplest ways to manage overpronation is to wear shoes that provide good arch support and stability.
  • Physical Therapy: If your fallen arches is causing pain or affecting your daily life, you might consider seeing a physical therapist.
  • Footwear Modification: Sometimes, a podiatrist might recommend modifications to your shoes to better support your feet.
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Footlogics orthotic insoles are designed by foot specialists to prevent over-pronation and fallen arches. Insoles like these are made to correct excess pronation and help with aches and pains in a natural way. Footlogics has lots of different products, including Comfort, Casual, and Sports, so you can find what you're looking for. That way you can control your feet biomechanically to the best of your ability.