Recognizing and Correcting Underpronation

For some a new year brings a new job, a new place to live, new friendships, and new adventures. For runners, it can bring new goals, races, and challenges. Coming up on February 9th, 2014 is the Palm Springs Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, and 5K. What better place to enjoy a beautiful race than in scenic Palm Springs, CA!

If you love to run, have you ever checked the wear and tear on your shoes? The wear pattern can provide clues to whether you have any foot or gait problems. Underpronation, which is also called supination, is a foot problem that some runners encounter. When the foot rolls too far inward while running, the condition is called over-pronation—this is very common in the running world.

As you might guess, underpronation means the opposite–when a runner’s foot does not roll inward enough. You may see evidence of this if you lay your running shoes on a flat surface. If you notice most of the wear is on the outside edges of your soles, there is a good chance you have this condition.

Muscle injuries and joint inflammation can result from your feet not being able to properly absorb shock. For this reason, it is a good idea to address the problem and correct it.

How do you get back on track with your running routine? Begin with shoes that offer normal cushioning and flexibility. A shoe that is too stiff will not allow your foot to move like it needs to and could lead to injuries to your ankles, knees, and hips. Orthotic inserts may also prove beneficial in stabilizing and supporting your feet.

If you notice this kind of shoe wear, or if you’ve been bothered with foot pain, don’t hesitate to contact Harvey R. Danciger, D.P.M. Make an appointment at our office in Palm Desert, CA by calling (760) 568-0108.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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