Over Pronation (overpronation)
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Over pronation is when there is excessive or too much movement of the foot. Over pronation is a very common cause of heel pain and general pain throughout the lower extremities. This condition can often be referred to as flat feet and causes you to walk on other parts of your foot, which is what leads to serious heel and foot pain.
There may be several possible causes of over pronation. The condition may begin as early as birth. However, there are several more common explanations for the condition. First, wear and tear on the muscles throughout the foot, either from aging or repetitive strain, causes the muscles to weaken, thereby causing the foot to turn excessively inward. Also, standing or walking on high heels for an extended period of time also places strain and pressure on the foot which can weaken the tissue. Lastly, shoes play a very common factor in the development of over pronation. Shoes that fail to provide adequate support through the arch commonly lead to over pronation.
With over pronation, sufferers are most likely to experience pain through the arch of the foot. A lack of stability is also a common complaint. Over pronation also causes the foot to turn outward during movement at the ankle, causing sufferers to walk along the inner portion of the foot. This not only can deliver serious pain through the heel and ankle, but it can also be the cause of pain in the knees or lower back as well. This condition also causes the arch to sink which places stress on the bones, ligaments, and tendons throughout the foot. This may yield other common conditions of foot pain such as plantar fasciitis and heel spurs.
One of the best forms of treatment for over pronation is wearing supportive shoes. Shoes should have ample support and cushioning, particularly through the heel and arch of the foot. Without proper shoes, there may be additional strain on the tissue in the foot, greatly contributing to or causing an occurrence of over pronation. Rarely is surgery considered to relieve the pain and damage that may have resulted from this condition. Orthotic shoe inserts are often the easiest and most effective way to correct pronation.
As already mentioned, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and other related conditions of heel pain can be generated from over pronation. Plantar fasciitis is the leading cause of heel pain and is caused when the fibrous tissue of the plantar fascia ligament, which runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes damaged or torn. This condition can generate serious pain in the heel of the foot and if it is left untreated damage to the plantar fascia can become more severe. Heel spurs may yield similar pain and discomfort in the heel and can even occur at the same time as plantar fasciitis. This condition causes a bony growth to form at the front bottom portion of the heel bone, usually where the plantar fasciitis connects to the bone. Needless to say, this condition is responsible for serious pain as the spur dig into sensitive tissue.
The symptoms of over pronation can often be relieved through a simple, yet effective orthotic insert. HTP Heel Seats are among the most effective orthotics available. Its patented features and clinically proven results have helped many heel pain suffers restore the health of their feet. Other forms of treatment, such as night splints or taping, may provide the positive results, however at the same time other devices may end up costing even more than Heel Seats for less than adequate results. Although heel pain can become a chronic nuisance, it doesn’t have to be with the treatment of HTP Heel Seats.