Our feet are designed to have a normal degree of pronation, which is when the foot rolls inward slightly with each step. Underpronation, which is also called supination, is a condition in which the foot does not roll in enough. This causes a small area on the outside of your foot to bear the majority of your weight and stress each time your foot strikes the ground. It is a minor adjustment in your gait, but it can lead to stress on your lower extremities and possible injuries. The extra stress on the foot from this condition can cause conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band syndrome, stress fractures, shin splints, metatarsalgia, and muscle strains and sprains.
The best way to tell if you have this foot condition is having a gait analysis to get an accurate understanding of your walking style and foot structure. Footwear choices and orthotics are effective treatment options for preventing injuries. If you are concerned about pronation or have unexplained foot pain, contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM at (760) 568-0108.